A giant yellow banner has appeared in Lion Rock Country Park calling on Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign, days after two similar signs opposing Hong Kong’s proposed extradition bill were removed.
The sign reading “Carrie Lam you ought to resign” was unfurled on Beacon Hill in Lion Rock Country Park and measured 20 metres by 8 metres, according to police. It was reported to authorities at 8.15am and removed by firefighters at around 10.40am, according to Apple Daily.
Pro-democracy party the League of Social Democrats – who were behind similar banners in the past – posted several images of the stunt on Facebook in the early hours of Friday.
Hong Kong proposed legal amendments in February to allow the city to handle case-by-case extradition requests from jurisdictions with no prior agreements – most notably China and Taiwan.
The plan would enable the chief executive and local courts to handle extradition requests without legislative oversight, though lawyers, journalists, foreign politicians and businesses have raised concerns over the risk of residents being extradited to the mainland. The proposed extradition bill could reach a final vote before the current legislative period ends in July.
The committee tasked with vetting the controversial bill has been paralysed by a split between rival political camps, owing to a dispute over who the legitimate chairperson may be. Starry Lee, chairperson of the legislature’s House Committee, has suggested tabling the bill directly to the full council or forming a task force to vet the bill, in order to break the deadlock.
The Hong Kong Free Press #PressForFreedom 2019 Funding Drive seeks to raise HK$1.2m to support our non-profit newsroom and dedicated team of multi-media, multi-lingual reporters. HKFP is backed by readers, run by journalists and is immune to political and commercial pressure. This year’s critical fundraiser will provide us with the essential funds to continue our work into next year.