Hong Kong Protest

The 2019 Hong Kong protests, also known as the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill or Anti-ELAB movement, are an ongoing series of demonstrations in Hong Kong which began with the aim to oppose the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill proposed by the Hong Kong government. If enacted, the bill would let local authorities detain and extradite criminal fugitives who are wanted in territories with which Hong Kong does not currently have extradition agreements, including Taiwan and mainland China. This created concerns that the bill would subject Hong Kong residents and visitors to the mainland Chinese jurisdiction, undermining the region’s autonomy and its civil liberties. As the protests progressed, the protesters laid out five key demands, which include investigation into alleged police misconduct and resumption of democratic reforms that were promised in the Basic Law but stagnated after the 2014 Umbrella Revolution. The Chinese central government has described the protests as “the worst crisis in Hong Kong” since the handover in 1997. (Wikipedia)