Hong Kong has been part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since the British left the territory in 1997, it enjoys a unique status as a Special Administrative Region. Its an autonomous territory within China that enjoys a ‘one country, two systems’ political arrangement. And guarantees separate laws, judiciary, government, currency and visa policy. This special status allowed Hong Kong a degree of freedom of expression and media and political diversity. The mainland and make it an attractive location for international business as well.
But, this precious independence is under threat. An amendent to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance. It is the “extradition bill” and is wrote by the Legislative Council (Hong Kong’s parliament) in February 2019. It is the latest in a series of moves that threaten to undermine the territory’s autonomy. The bill is send to Hong Kong to extradite crime suspects to mainland China for trial after passing.
The people of Hong Kong are having none of it. Since March 2019, Hongkongers have been demonstrating against the bill, defending their city’s core values staunchly and fearlessly. As the government refused to withdraw the bill after one million people rallied on June 9, protest action escalated and ended up with police deploying teargas, bean bags and rubber bullets on June 12. On June 16, two million of the city’s residents took to the streets in a show of peaceful protest. The Legislative Council suspended the bill.