Hong Kong shops, workers in rare strike to 'defend freedom'

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Hong Kong shops, workers in rare strike to 'defend freedom'Hong Kong retailer Alan Li shut up shop on Wednesday, joining about 100 businesses and numerous workers in a rare strike to protest against an extradition bill that many fear will undermine freedom and confidence in the commercial hub. 'Even though we can't do business for a day, for me there is nothing more important than defending our freedom of speech and freedom of thought,' said Li, 38, before closing his Alca&Co shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, a shopping district across the harbour from Hong Kong's high-rise finance centre. Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many of them young and clad in black, surrounded Hong Kong's legislature on Wednesday, forcing it to postpone a second round of debate on the bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.


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