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The Protests in Hong Kong
Jun 13, 2019 at 01:30 PM

The Quick Facts

  • On Sunday, Hong Kong saw its biggest protest in over five years, as an estimated 1 million demonstrators took to the streets to protest a proposed extradition law.
  • The proposed legislation would allow extraditions from Hong Kong to China, which Hong Kong has not previously permitted.
  • Critics say the law will significantly compromise Hong Kong’s legal independence, effectively extending China’s influence and applying its harsh judicial system to the people of Hong Kong.
  • The protests have continued throughout the week, and have turned more violent. By Monday, police began clashing with protesters, and yesterday police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on a crowd gathered outside a government building.  
  • The fate of the extradition legislation following the protests is yet unknown. A vote has been scheduled for June 20th.

Food For Thought

What are the causes and effects of this week’s massive protests in Hong Kong? What are some global perspectives on the events?

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