Rubber bullets and tear gas fill the air in Hong Kong as protesters rally against China’s new extradition law
Jun 12, 2019
- Protestors in Hong Kong have filled the streets over the last few days to protest a proposed law that would allow extradition of alleged criminals to mainland China
- Over a million people took to the street on Sunday in the largest protest in years
- Protestors fear China’s continued efforts to bring Honk Kong closer to the legal system of mainland China, eventually stripping it of its legal autonomy
- Protestors today blocked streets around the city’s legislature, forcing it to postpone debate on the proposed law
- The police then declared a riot at which point the tear gas and rubber bullets began to fill the air in an efforts to dispel the protestors whose numbers swelled as the day went on
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- Protestors, mostly younger members of Hong Kong’s 7.3 million residents, fear loss of much of the Western-style freedoms they enjoy as China moves to bring Hong Kong closer
- The WSJ noted today how Hong Kong is much less important to the rest of China as compared to when China reassumed control in 1997
- China promised to maintain Hong Kong’s western-style legal rights and freedoms until 2047 as part of its "one country, two systems" framework, but those rights have already started to be chipped away, protesters argue
- Protestors feel this law would see another big chunk of those rights chipped away, with many describing this as "the last fight"