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Young residents hope President Trump will question Mr. Xi about Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong ‘s Central Government offices on Friday (June 21) were closed to protests, and the Legislative Council (LegCo) closed soon.

Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, a pro-democracy Labor Party legislator, said it was not clear whether LegCo would continue its meetings on Monday, according to Nikkei Asian Review. 

Thousands of people blocked major roads around Hong Kong police headquarters on Friday, demanding that the government withdraw its controversial extradition bill and accuse the use of force too much against protester last week, according to Nikkei. Protesters also use obstacles to close entrances to major roads around government headquarters and sit around other nearby government buildings.

The movement between rising tensions about extradition bill allows Hong Kong people to move to mainland China.

Cheung said the protesters today have experienced that “occupying the streets for a long time is not what they want to do.” But he added, “protesters were disappointed by the government – after 2 million protesters – did not budge.”

A spokesman for the Hong Kong government issued a statement on Friday: “The current term of the Legislative Council will end in July next year, after which the Bill will lapse. The government accepts this fact. 

According to Nikkei, a new college graduate, the 22-year-old male refused to name, said he hoped US President Donald Trump would question Chinese President Xi Jinping at G Summit. -20 held in Japan next week to bring positive changes to Hong Kong.

“I think some Hong Kong people are expecting a discussion between Mr. Xi and Mr. Trump will shed some light on the Hong Kong issue, and perhaps it could transform the current situation in favor of Hong Kong citizens. “, He said,” That will be the biggest help we can get. ” 

A 26-year-old pharmacist said his surname is Lo, saying he did not trust Ms. Lam to truly retain Hong Kong’s best interests. He announced that he would continue to protest until the bill was completely withdrawn.

The pharmacist said, he also participated in the 2014 Middle-Occupy demonstrations (2014 Occupy Central) also known as the Umbrella Movement – in which people demand the right to elect leadership. City executive, instead of the appointed Beijing candidates and be selected by a selection committee.

At that time, protesters failed to ask the government, and many Hong Kong residents were tired after a deadlock with major roads in the key business district blocked for nearly 3 months.

Nearly 2 million protesters marched on the streets of Hong Kong last Sunday (June 16), according to organizers, to protest the extradition bill. That happened after a similar protest last week with an estimated 1 million people.

In the same day on June 16, the protest at the government headquarters became fierce when police used rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd. More than 80 people were injured and 32 were arrested, some of whom were released without being charged.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (Lam Trinh Nguyet Nga) suspended the legislative debate on the bill this week, but did not withdraw completely, which protesters demanded. Ms. Lin said she would not proceed with the legislative process if public concerns could not be “satisfactorily resolved”.

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