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Hong Kong Protests

Filed under: International — DRJ @ 7:43 am

[Headline from DRJ]

Hong Kong has seen massive and sometimes violent street protests in recent days:

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday indefinitely delayed a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, in a dramatic retreat after anger over the bill triggered the city’s biggest and most violent street protests in decades.

The extradition bill, which would have covered Hong Kong’s seven million residents as well as foreign and Chinese nationals there, was seen by many as a threat to the rule of law in the former British colony.

Around a million people marched through Hong Kong last Sunday to oppose the bill, according to organizers of the protest, the largest in the city since crowds came out against the bloody suppression of pro-democracy demonstrations centered around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.


8 Responses to “Hong Kong Protests”

  1. Protests because people care about the Rule of Law.

    DRJ (15874d)

  2. With one million people pouring into Hong Kong’s street, the Chinese government can almost blow it. Unless they are vicious, they are horrible, they put it down with strength. That will show you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak.

    nk (dbc370)

  3. Well done, nk. Tiananmen was 30 years ago this month and that was the lesson Trump learned from it.

    DRJ (15874d)

  4. China would put this down with “strength” if they thought they could get away with it. ANd the fact they can’t underscores the reasons the folks in Hong Kong don’t want to be dragged back into China for a secret “trial.”

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  5. It might be that Carrie Lam proposed this because she wanted to gove Beijing something that would be less damaging to Hong Kong than the national security law China wants.

    Sammy Finkelman (d542b2)

  6. Tejerw as avery big demonstation on Sunday that rolled over to Monday and various acts of indicating disapproval were planned by practically every sector of business on Monday.

    The demands (or requests) are now:

    1) That Carrie Lam resign.

    2) That the bill not just be postponded and dead for now, but be declared really most sincerely dead.

    3) That there be an investigation of what the police did wednesday and apprpriate pubishment be given to polce whi acted violently.

    Sammy Finkelman (d542b2)

  7. A lot od this was made possible by Facebook.

    Sammy Finkelman (d542b2)

  8. The reason for the larger crows at the last demonstration is probably because, after the Wednesday police actions, the older people became afraid of another Tiananmen Square incident like what happened on June 4, 1989, and they can’t prevent their children from demonstrating at some point in the future – so the thing was, to push the pendulum further away from that.

    Sammy Finkelman (d542b2)

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