As you may have heard, in the past five months there have been massive protests in Hong Kong. The demonstrators, about 1.7 million people, are participating in a series of demonstrations as a consequence of the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders Amendment bill by the government in Hong Kong.
The reason behind these demonstrations is that the citizens in Hong Kong feel threatened by China, accusing them of seeking to limit their freedom. They also protest against the extradition law or to allow extradition to mainland China – the ability to surrender a person either accused or convinced of committing a crime in another jurisdiction. Although these were the main reasons who triggered the citizens to begin protesting, they have five demands they want to see happening.
- For protesters to not be characterized as a “riot”.
- Amnesty for those who are arrested for protesting.
- An independent inquiry into alleged police brutality.
- Implementation of complete universal suffrage.
- Withdrawal of the extradition bill. (The fifth demand has already been met).
The number of demonstrations is caused by their attempt to be heard and feel safe.
The protest(s) escalates quickly
The protest is getting smaller but more frequent and violent. In October an 18-year-old boy was shot in his chest while protesters fought police officers with petrol bombs, poles, and other projectiles. Early November a lawmaker was stabbed by someone pretending to be a supporter. One week later, a police officer shot one protester and just a couple hours later a man was set on fire. (Hong Kong protest, 2019)
The protesters are gathering – marking their stand
The protesters organize themselves to be stronger. The Hong Kong protesters joined hands in a 30-mile human chain. Joining hands, singing, tens of thousand protesters lined Hong Kong’s overpasses, pavements, parks, and waterfronts with their phone in the air – flashlight on.
In a stunning sign of support for the protesters in Hong Kong, more than half of the 452 seats in Sunday’s local district council elections flipped from pro-Beijing to pro-democracy candidates. (Election result, Hong Kong, 2019)
I think this could be a positive start of better times for Hong Kong in the future.
Election result, Hong kong. (2019, 11 24). Read on fra Nytimes.com: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/24/world/asia/hong-kong-election-results.html
Hong Kong protest. (2019, 11 28 ). Read on bbc.com: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49317695