Vancouver residents show solidarity with Hong Kong protesters by gathering outside Chinese consulate

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      The posh area of Granville Street was the site of a demonstration on Sunday (June 9) by placard-bearing former Hong Kong residents and their sympathizers.

      They gathered outside the Chinese consulate to protest a proposed law in Hong Kong that would make it easier for China to extradite people to face charges on the mainland.

      On the weekend, this proposal caused the largest demonstration in Hong Kong in decades.

      Up to a million residents may have been in the streets.

      Today, Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrrie Lam, said that the bill will not be withdrawn.

      Critics say that the legislation is part of an evolving Chinese government crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong.

      When the former British colony was returned to China in 1997, residents were promised that they would retain their legal and political systems for 50 years.