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Hong Kong is bracing for strikes, transport go-slows and fresh rallies in protest against a proposed extradition law that would allow people to be sent to China for trial, as the city's leader vowed defiance.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she would push ahead with the bill despite deep concerns across vast swaths of the Asian financial hub that triggered its biggest political demonstration since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
Shops - Restaurants - Grocery - Book - Coffee
Nearly 2,000 mostly small retail shops, including restaurants, grocery, book and coffee shops, have announced plans to go on strike tomorrow, according to an online survey, a rare move in the staunchly capitalist economy.
Other local companies said they would suspend work or allow flexible office hours to accommodate workers planning to demonstrate near the city's Legislative Council, which will meet for a second round of debate.
Businesses - Students - Bus - Drivers - Workers
Businesses, students, bus drivers, social workers, teachers, Christian groups and others all vowed go on strike tomorrow in a last-ditch effort to block the bill.
Eaton HK Hotel, which is owned by Langham Hospitality Investments and operated by Great Eagle Holdings , said it respected workers' 'political stances' and would allow them to rally.
Student - Union - Education - Institutions - Hong
The student union of several higher education institutions and the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union urged people to strike tomorrow. Nearly 4,000 teachers said they would rally.
In a rare move, prominent business leaders warned that pushing through the extradition law could undermine investor confidence in Hong Kong and erode its competitive advantages.
Organisers - People - Streets - Hong - Kong
Organisers said 1,030,000 people marched through the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday against the bill, which is due for a second round of debate tomorrow in the city's 70-seat Legislative Council. The legislature is controlled by a pro-Beijing majority.
An online petition has called for 50,000 people to surround the legislature building at 10...
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