Leader warns against ‘radical actions’ ahead of strike in Hong Kong

Small corporations gearing up for one-day shutdown in protests against proposed extradition law.

Hong Kong’s prime political head has told people to refrain from “radical actions” as small businesses tailored up for a one-day shutdown and groups require a boycott of perform and lessons to protest against a proposed extradition law.

The bill, which will allow mainland China to pursue fugitives as well as government critics in the former British colony, is due for a second round of debate on Wednesday in the 70-seat Legislative Council, which is dominated by pro-Beijing lawmakers.

Despite a huge protest march on Sunday that drew hundreds of thousands of people, the chief executive, Carrie Lam, said she remained determined to pass the controversial law.

“To oppose this bill, some have called for radical actions,” Lam said in a media briefing, referring to the clashes between protesters and police outside the legislature shortly after midnight on Monday, after a largely peaceful, nine-hour protest.

China announced on Monday that it would fully support the government of Hong Kong on a draft law that would allow extradition to the mainland. The Foreign Ministry’s statement came one day after one ofthe city’s biggest protests since it was handed over to China from the UK in 1997.

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