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  • On Sunday, an estimated 1 million people came out onto the streets of Hong Kong.

  • To protest against a proposed extradition law.

  • That would allow the mainland Chinese government to ask for people it accuses of various crimes to be sent back from Hong Kong to mainland China.

  • Now these protests, if that 1 million figure is accurate, would be by far the largest protests that we've seen in Hong Kong since the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997.

  • Protests went on until the early hours of Monday morning.

  • And around midnight, amidst claims of police heavy-handedness, there were some violent clashes.

  • Several people were arrested.

  • The scale of these protests shows just how little faith many people here in Hong Kong have in the mainland political and legal system.

  • It also shows how worried people are about the proposed clauses in this law.

  • That would allow people not only living in Hong Kong but also just passing through Hong Kong to potentially be sent back to the mainland if they're accused of a whole range of different crimes.

  • What's also interesting about these protests and the clash over this particular law, this extradition law is that:

  • Many business organisations, including many foreign business organisations, are deeply opposed to it.

  • They feel there's potential for this law to be used to persecute people involved in business disputes.

  • Or people who are speaking out against maybe economic policy in Beijing to be persecuted.

  • Which is what we sometimes see in the mainland Chinese political and legal system.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping has shown that he has no intention to back down in the face of popular unrest and popular disapproval.

  • So more than likely what we will see is that this law will pass and things will continue to deteriorate here in Hong Kong.

On Sunday, an estimated 1 million people came out onto the streets of Hong Kong.

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Why a million Hong Kongers protested against extradition law

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    Celeste posted on 2019/06/13
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