What are Hong Kong protests really about?


A protester gestures after clashes with riot police during a massive demonstration outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who had massed outside government headquarters Wednesday in opposition to a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Demonstrations continue in Hong Kong, as tensions escalate between protesters opposed to a controversial extradition bill, and police who used tear gas and rubber bullets to subdue the crowds. As many as 100 people have been reported injured including police.

The bill would allow suspects accused of serious crimes in Hong Kong to be extradited to Chinese mainland and other countries. But debate over the legislation is delayed until protests calm.

On today’s episode of The Heat podcast, Anand Naidoo joins CGTN correspondent Nathan King to break down the proposed bill and why it has so many in Hong Kong up in arms.