Hong Kong’s large protests, clarified

The residents of Hong Kong are protesting in record-breaking numbers.

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Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers have taken to the streets to protest a contentious extradition bill that could send Hong Kong residents to mainland China to be tried in court. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says the bill is intended to forestall Hong Kong from becoming a refuge for fugitives. But its adversaries dread that Hong Kong would be exposed to China’s imperfect judicial system, which would lead to further erasure of the city’s judicial independence.

At first Lam was determined to move forward with the bill. But after a litany of humongous protests, she proclaimed she would “indefinitely suspend” the bill. But demonstrators are not accepting the suspension, and have began firmly requesting its complete withdrawal. They have in addition begun calling for Lam’s resignation.

But this increase in tensions is about much more than a bill. To know why this bill hits a nerve with Hongkongers, it is crucial to know Hong Kong’s partnership with China – and precisely how the bill would tip the scales in China’s favor.

If you want to get real nerdy you can read Hong Kong’s Basic Law (their mini Constitution) here:

You can in addition read the Sino-British Joint Declaration that defined Hong Kong when the British handed it back to China in 1997 here: http://www.gov.cn/english/2007-06/14/content_649468.htm

And the extradition law presented in Hong Kong that has sparked massive protests here:

Here is a piece reported by the New York Times on the latest from Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s leader:

And finally, you can also find our latest articles covering the most recent developments here:

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  2. The day we sit back and let the government do what they want is the day we lose our rights

  3. 為什麽不把條例說清楚?該表達的都沒寫出來,反而把遊行人員對條例的誤解給播出來了,視頻看起來客觀而有證據實例,可惜也只是摘取片段而已。。還有反對遊行和支持條例的香港人呢?為什麼不一起放出來。。Why not clarify the bill? The expression was not written out, but rather the misunderstanding of the regulations by the marchers was broadcast. The video looks objective and has evidence examples, but unfortunately it is only extracting fragments. What about Hong Kong people who oppose marches and support the bill? Why not let it out together?

  4. 南島民國超級大桶領

    Hi rioters & police attackers?

  5. You just know china wants this so they can bring “justice” to anyone in HK who they deem a nuisance, i.e making them dissapear. Same as with the falun gong people in china.

  6. Dayumm! Their millienials are way more proactive than American millienials for deciding their future.

    Go Hong Kong!

  7. Rio the MadHater

    Why didn’t Taiwan just file a murder case since it happened in the jurisdiction?

  8. Estevo Thomasio

    One hung low and some young guy. ?

  9. timmy anagnostos

    By 2047 they shouldn’t be complaining. They are Chinese there is no such thing as Hong Kong people they are Chinese whether they like it or not.

  10. couldn’t they just have a referendum to rejoin the British Empire? ?☹️

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