Saturday rally outside the Chinese consulate in Vancouver planned in support of ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong

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      Vancouver supporters of Hong Kong autonomy have scheduled another demonstration to protest a proposed extradition treaty with mainland China.

      “To condemn the violence deployed to clear unarmed protesters in HK,” reads an event announcement on the Vancouver Hong Kong Forum Society’s Facebook page.

      “Canadian Friends of Hong Kong, Vancouver Hong Kong Forum, and Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic movement (VSSDM) call upon all concerned Canadians to gather at Chinese Consulate (3380 Granville Street) at 11:00 am on June 15 (Saturday) for a rally to call for international community support to condemn the violence deployed to clear unarmed protesters in HK,” it continues.

      Street protests developed in Hong Kong earlier this month in opposition to the Hong Kong government considering allowing extraditions to mainland China. Since then, they’ve grown in size, attracting an estimated one million people to downtown Hong Kong on June 9. Since then, the demonstrations have continued and events like the one taking place in Vancouver this Saturday have taken place around the world.

      Last Sunday (June 9), a sizable group gathered outside the Chinese consulate in Vancouver located at Granville Street and West 16th Avenue.

      In recent days, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has reportedly received encouragement from her own staff to delay any changes that would allow extradition.

      "At a time when there are such intense divisions - to keep discussing this issue, the difficulty is very high," Bernard Chan, one of Lam’s top advisors, told Cable TV.