Parents, friends remember HK protester ‘Raincoat Man’ who died fighting extradition law

13-Jul-2019 Intellasia | USA Today | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The parents of a Hong Kong man who plunged to his death after putting up banners against divisive extradition legislation urged young people on Thursday to stay alive to continue their struggle.

“Every brave citizen who takes to the street is doing so because they love Hong Kong deeply,” they said in a message read at a public memorial for their son, Marco Leung, who died on June 14 at age 35. “Only by protecting themselves and staying alive can young people continue to speak up bravely against social injustices.”

Young people have been at the forefront of huge rallies against the legislation, which has plunged Hong Kong into chaos amid wider fears about the erosion of civil rights in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Leung’s banners demanded a full withdrawal of the bill, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

The parents of a Hong Kong man who plunged to his death after putting up banners against divisive extradition legislation urged young people on Thursday to stay alive to continue their struggle.

“Every brave citizen who takes to the street is doing so because they love Hong Kong deeply,” they said in a message read at a public memorial for their son, Marco Leung, who died on June 14 at age 35. “Only by protecting themselves and staying alive can young people continue to speak up bravely against social injustices.”

Young people have been at the forefront of huge rallies against the legislation, which has plunged Hong Kong into chaos amid wider fears about the erosion of civil rights in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Leung’s banners demanded a full withdrawal of the bill, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Billy Li, a lawyer who stopped by the memorial after attending court, said he shared the frustration of the protesters.

“Even when you see the young people break into the legislative building to air their anger, to some extent I can understand their desperation. So I came here because I somehow feel the pathway of Leung. The responsibility of his death is somehow shared by every one of us, because we could not stop the bill earlier, before the death of Leung,” Li said.

On July 1, the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain back to China, a peaceful march drew hundreds of thousands of people but was overshadowed by an assault on the territory’s legislative building. A few hundred demonstrators ransacked the building, spray-painting slogans on the chamber walls, overturning furniture and damaging electronic voting and fire prevention systems.

Tens of thousands of people joined the most recent rally on Sunday, seeking to carry their protest message to those in the mainland where state-run media have not covered the protests widely.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/07/11/hong-kong-extradition-bill-protest-2019-remembering-raincoat-man/1701854001/

 


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