Raul Sosa 9-III
The 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protest is now the largest revolt in Hong Kong history and is catapulting waves of violence. The demonstrations in Hong Kong and solidarity protests in other cities began with the goal of withdrawing the extradition bill. This bill is a process in which they extradite people who are wanted in certain territory. If enacted, this would allow local authorities to detain and extradite people who are wanted in areas that Hong Kong does not have repatriation agreements with, including mainland China and Taiwan.
The bill would place the Hong Kong people and visitors under mainland Chinese jurisdiction, undermining the autonomy of the region and citizens’ rights and freedom. The fights against the bill began in March and April and is scheduled for another reading in the Legislative Council, causing riots where police forces deploying tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators on the streets. Then, investigations into police behavior became part of protesters’ demands. Over one million people marched on June 16th, the largest protest to date. On July 1st, hundreds of thousands of people participated in the annual July march. Some of these demonstrators split from the march and broke into the Legislative Council Complex, vandalizing central government symbols. Chief Executive Carrie Lam suspended the extradition bill on June 15th, declaring it “dead” on July 9th. Executive Council members said that the government does not intend to make “further concessions”.
People like the former lawmaker Tam Yiu-chung have different opinions about the extradition law and they claim the following “I hope the extradition law amendments will be passed before July 1, because after that there is still the National Anthem Bill to be carried before the summer recess in mid-July,”.
One thing they are still not taking in consideration is the citizens’ rights, which should always be the main priority of any government.
In conclusion, this bill has marked one of Hong Kong’s largest historical moments involving the citizens fighting for their rights. If the bill is ratified it will undermine the citizen’s rights and their freedom. The government should take in consideration the citizen’s feelings while putting the police’s violence to a halt.