MANILA, Philippines – Around 240,000 protesters marched to the Legislative Council in Admiralty, Hong Kong on Wednesday to protest the controversial extradition bill.
The bill would permit China to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong. It was supposed to hold its second reading on Wednesday but was postponed.
Critics claim that the bill could leave anyone in Hong Kong vulnerable to being grabbed by Chinese authorities, undermining the legal system of Hong Kong.
About 5,000 police officers have used tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and bean bags to prevent the protesters from moving forward.
Roughly 79 protesters have been injured in the riot, with two in serious condition as they were brought to hospitals.
In an interview with ABS-CBN, Philippine Consul General to Hong Kong Antonio Morales advices the Filipinos in the area to avoid the places where the police and protesters clash.
"Keep away from demonstration areas which are generally concentrated outside the government central offices, particularly the Legislative Complex, in Admiralty and in Tamar Park," Morales mentioned.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised Filipinos to reschedule their transactions with the agency which is located near the demonstration sites.
Morales also urged the public to “exercise extreme caution and vigilance,” and to stay updated regarding the incident.