August 2019

Hong Kong Protests: Explained

Thousands of protesters have  been gathering in the streets  of Hong Kong for months. Their most recent cause for concern  is a proposed extradition bill. The Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance  in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill  would allow suspected offenders to be sent to a  broader range of countries, including mainland China. Opponents of the bill fear Hong Kong's judicial  independence from Beijing would become jeopardized,  and it would open the door to "legalized kidnapping.". The bill was suspended by Hong Kong's  chief executive, Carrie Lam, in June, but  it has not yet been formally withdrawn. The protesters, who want the bill struck down,  utilize umbrellas to protect themselves from  pepper spray, tear gas and police cameras. As far as other countries getting involved,  President Trump has encouraged Beijing to  "work humanely with Hong Kong."