Hong Kong activist vows to resist extradition bill

Hong Kong activist vows to resist extradition bill
A prominent Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow speaks during a news conference at Japan National Press Club Monday, June 10, 2019, in Tokyo. One of prominent student activists in Hong Kong has said many in the territory were angered by the government’s bulldozing of a legislative proposal that would allow extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China, seeking international support for the resistance movement. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

TOKYO (AP) — A prominent Hong Kong student activist says many residents were angered by a decision by the territory’s leader to move ahead with a controversial extradition bill despite a massive weekend protest.

Agnes Chow is among a group of young activists leading the opposition against proposed amendments to the extradition law. The changes would allow people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to face criminal charges.

Chow told reporters in Tokyo on Monday that those sent to mainland China wouldn’t have the same rights that are guaranteed in Hong Kong and the legislation endangers the territory’s rule of law, basic rights and democracy.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Monday the legislation will help Hong Kong uphold justice and fulfill its international obligations.