Hong Kong police on Friday arrested five women who staged a protest inside the government\u2019s headquarters over a proposal to allow fugitives to be extradited to mainland China, stoking human rights concerns. Protesters from Demosisto and Lingnan University surround by security after storming Hong Kong government headquarters over proposal to extradite fugitives to mainland China, in Hong Kong, China March 15, 2019. REUTERS\/Stanley Leung In February, Hong Kong\u2019s Security Bureau submitted a paper to the city\u2019s legislature, proposing amendments to extradition laws that would include granting the city\u2019s leader executive power to send fugitives to jurisdictions not covered by existing arrangements, including mainland China and Taiwan. The proposal has been strongly opposed by some lawmakers, legal and rights groups who fear such it could be exploited by Beijing\u2019s Communist Party leaders and lead to an erosion of Hong Kong\u2019s judicial independence. In video footage posted online, the five, who were demanding the extradition amendments be scrapped, rushed into the lobby of government headquarters where they staged a sit-down protest. \u201cOppose legalized kidnapping,\u201d the women, including several members of the pro-democracy party Demosisto, shouted. They were later hauled out by police into vehicles. The Hong Kong government said in a statement a total of nine protesters were \u201cremoved\u201d for blocking the lobby of its headquarters, and that a female security guard had been injured in a skirmish. A police spokesman gave no immediate comment. Since Hong Kong reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997 with the guarantee that it would enjoy a high degree of autonomy and freedoms not allowed in mainland China, there has been no formal mechanism for the surrender of fugitives to mainland China. The Hong Kong Bar Association said in a statement that this was not an oversight, but a result of \u201cgrave concerns\u201d about China\u2019s legal and judicial system. It said authorities were \u201cjumping the gun\u201d in seeking to force through such ad hoc rendition arrangements with China without a full consultation. Some business groups, including the American Chamber of Commerce, expressed \u201cserious reservations\u201d about the proposal in a submission to Hong Kong\u2019s Secretary for Security John Lee, and said they would \u201cundermine perceptions of Hong Kong as a safe and secure haven for international business operations\u201d. The proposal also seeks to remove legislative oversight on individual extradition requests that may arise by giving the city leader executive authority to make such decisions. In the February paper, the Security Bureau said \u201chuman rights and procedural safeguards\u201d would remain unchanged. Requests in relation \u201cto offences of a political character\u201d shall be refused, the bureau said. But some critics have expressed concern over how a political offense might be defined. Demosisto, in a statement, described the proposed extradition reform as \u201can attempt to prepare to entrap oppositional voices for China\u201d. A former Chinese deputy minister for public security, Chen Zhimin, told reporters in Beijing this week that more than 300 \u201cfugitives\u201d wanted by mainland authorities were hiding in Hong Kong. He did not give details.