Over the last few weeks, hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in Hong Kong.
The demonstrations were sparked by opposition to the proposed legislation known as the “Fugitive Offenders Ordinance” that would allow for the extradition of criminal suspects to the Chinese mainland.
And although the protests have largely been peaceful, earlier this month some protestors broke into the Legislative Council building and vandalized it.
Meanwhile, this week Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam declared that the bill is now “dead.”
The former British colony also recently marked the 22nd anniversary of its return to the Chinese mainland and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
- Qinduo Xu, a senior fellow with the Pangoal Institution.
- Andrew Leung, International and Independent China Strategist
- Fred Teng, President of the America China Public Affairs Institute
- Nathan King, CGTN White House Correspondent
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) July 2, 2019
Hong Kong’s embattled leader said the unpopular extradition bill was dead. Protesters have repeatedly called on her to fully withdraw the bill, but she asserted that there was “no difference” between declaring it dead and withdrawing it. https://t.co/cj2MIS9rCh
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 9, 2019
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 9, 2019