Hong Kong Protests Against Extradition Bill Continues with G-20 as Backdrop to Bring International Attention to the Fight

  • On Friday, in conjunction with the G-20 meeting being held in Japan, a crowd of more than 1,000 people dressed in black gathered outside of government offices in Hong Kong to protest the controversial extradition bill.
  • The crowd of mostly students is using the backdrop of the G-20 to bring international attention to their fight against the bill that would see Hong Kong suspects extradited to mainland China, Taiwan and Macau.
  • Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has come under fire since the bill was introduced and in light of massive, continuous protests, she suspended the bill but hasn’t given in to pressure to completely abolish it.
  • Protesters are using this week’s demonstrations “to appeal for the former British colony’s plight to be put on the agenda, a move certain to rile Beijing, which has vowed not to tolerate such discussion.”
  • Paul Chan, an activist, said: “The government hasn’t given a proper response to the public. It’s the government who forces us to come out.”
  • Another protester said: “I want to let the world know that we won’t give up – we want democracy and freedom for Hong Kong. China is afraid of foreign pressure, but while it still needs Hong Kong, we must seize the opportunity to keep the pressure on.”
  • Chan added: “The government always tells us ‘don’t do this and don’t do that.’ We also want to tell the government ‘don’t do any policy we don’t like.’ But she [Lam] didn’t listen.”
  • Opponents of the extradition bill fear that suspects could have their rights violated under the Chinese system, which has repeatedly been accused of violating human rights.
  • In recent weeks, millions have taken to the streets to rail against the bill in the “greatest popular challenge to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.”
  • In 1997, Hong Kong moved from British to Chinese rule in a “one country, two systems” approach that granted Hong Kong citizens more rights and freedom than Chinese citizens, including the right to protest.

Reference Links

  • Reuters: Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters rally again near government offices READ
  • Hong Kong Free Express: G20: Protests in Osaka over Hong Kong extradition law, as Japan’s Abe raises concerns with China’s Xi Jinping READ
  • The Epoch Times: Japanese PM Abe Raises Hong Kong Protests with Xi, Despite Beijing’s Warning READ
  • YAHOO!: Hong Kong protesters seek support from G20 leaders over extradition law READ

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