Hong Kong: A Fight for the Future
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For months, Hong Kong's streets have seethed with discontent. Scenes from the semiautonomous region show protestors in hundreds of thousands, many wearing surgical masks and carrying umbrellas that have come to signify resistance.
The images that have surfaced are startling and the issues that set Hong Kong into motion are even more complex.
The latest protests trace back to February, when members of Hong Kong's government proposed an extradition bill known as the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Bill 2019. The Bill would increase the number of countries where suspected offenders may be sent. Under the bill's provisions, the region would be able to extradite suspects to other countries on a case-by-case basis, with the chief executive holding significant power over which cases apply.
Notably, this opens the door to extradition to mainland China, which has sought greater control over the former British colony since it was restored to Beijing in 1997 as a special administrative region with its own independent court system.
The critique of this Bill has brought its suspension, yet violence still floods the streets as petrol bombs, bricks and tear gas are thrown in anti-government protests. A movement has opened up into the 'Five Demands,' calling for withdrawal of the Extradition Bill, inquiry into police brutality, retracting the classification of protestors as 'rioters,' amnesty for arrested protestors, and dual universal suffrage for both the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive.
Join EPU in analysing the events of what is happening in Hong Kong and answering the major questions such as who the major actors are, how Beijing has reacted, and the symbolism behind the whole protest.
We are joined by;
Justin Ho, a PhD candidate based in Edinburgh researching nationalism and identity in Hong Kong
Sarah Liu, a lecturer in Gender and Politics at Edinburgh. Her research investigates the role model effect of cabinet ministers in democracies specifically in East Asia.