Hong Kong Protests

Mass protests started in the summer of 2019 after the Hong Kong government wanted to pass a bill that would allow criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial. People thought that this would lead to suspects being tortured and unfairly treated in Communist China. It could also allow the Chinese government to have more influence in Hong Kong.

In the weeks that followed protesters have been taking to the streets to fight against the proposed bill. As a result Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said that the government would drop the new law.

However, this was not enough for Hong Kong demonstrators.There was increased fighting with police forces and in July Hong Kong's parliament was stormed. Several people were killed in the clashes.

The protesters have come up with several demands . They want

Around the world there was sympathy for Hong Kong protesters. Chinese leaders, however, warned that they could interfere militarily if violent protests continued.

Hong Kong has a special status in China until 2047. It allows citizens freedom of speech and the right to take part in demonstrations.

Hong Kong protests in July 2019
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