Hong Kong protesters fight to preserve independence

By Viriato Villas-Boas, in News · 12-06-2019 15:43:00 · 0 Comments
Hong Kong protesters fight to preserve independence

Hong Kong’s streets have spiralled into violence after protesters tried to storm the legislative council.

Reports of police brutality have been pouring out the former British colony, as protesters attempt to stop the promulgation of an extradition bill which they fear will undermine its judicial system´s independence.

The controversial bill seeks to reverse restrictions in extradition protocols, which, in a summarised manner, do not allow for offenders in Honk Kong to be sent to countries with fundamentally different legal systems and punishments.

Hong Kong holds the status of ‘Special Administrative Region of China’, which grants it some autonomy over its own affairs. With particular relevance to this case, China police and officials do not have any legal jurisdiction within Honk Kong’s borders, meaning that they cannot investigate, seize nor arrest any individual in Honk Kong.

Protesters are worried that the new bill would allow China the legal means to suppress political dissent in Honk Kong with the same ease it does so inside its own borders.

Prominent Chinese artist Ai WeiWei, as reported by CNN, has already spoken in favour of protesters while also condemning the Honk Kong government:

‘I totally oppose the bill because I have no confidence in Hong Kong’s government, which is not democratically elected. It’s in favour with Chinese government. So I don’t think they can do anything to reflect the need of Hong Kong people but rather to listen to the central government’.

Photo: HKFP Facebook


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