A group of nine pro-democratic lawmakers condemned the Hong Kong government for describing Wednesday’s mass protest on the island nation as a riot.
The legislators were specifically referring to comments made by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
Lam who had insisted she must push ahead with the extradition bill despite Sunday’s mass protest, described the demonstration as “rioting.”
Pro-democratic lawmaker and chairman of the Hong Kong Democratic Party, Wu Chi-wai strongly condemned Lam’s statement.
Another pro-democratic legislator, Claudia Mo also denounced the definition used by police and especially Carrie Lam of what they saw as “a peaceful protest most of the time.”
“Defining it as a ‘riot’ is very shameful, and an act of mud-throwing at Hong Kong’s peaceful protest and fight,” said Mo.
She added that the Hong Kong people and the international media would know what actually had happened.
The pro-democracy group stated that calling the demonstration, which began peacefully, as a riot could potentially and significantly increase the legal penalties for those detained.
On Thursday, pro-democratic lawmakers demanded the Hong Kong SAR government and Lam withdraw the proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance.
Many Hong Kong residents are wary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) because they do not believe the CCP will honor its words, according to a report by Al-Jazeera.
To show their objections for the extradition bill, the people of Hong Kong decided to take the future of their semi-autonomous Chinese territory into their own hands.
Organizers said that more than 1 million demonstrators took to the streets on Wednesday to oppose the controversial bill that will allow suspects to be extradited to China for trial.
The protesters—mostly young people—amassed outside the city’s government headquarters to protest their concerns against the proposed extradition bill that has sparked concerns over the increasing CCP’s control and the gradual loss of civil liberties in the semi-autonomous territory.
Eleven protesters were arrested while 79 others were treated for injuries sustained during the clashes between civilians and police.
Wednesday’s protest marked a major intensification of the largest political crisis for the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, compelling the delay of the legislative debate on the controversial bill.