What you need to know about the Hong Kong protests

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What you need to know about the Hong Kong protests

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The 2019 protests in Hong Kong initially started as a boycott against the extradition bill. This caused controversy among the citizens of China and Hong Kong because it approved the use of extradition, which is the deportation of anyone accused or convicted of a crime. However, the protests in Hong Kong grew into a larger movement. 

What once started as a protest against a potential law turned into the call for democracy. Since there is no leader or main goal of the Hong Kong protests, citizens are fighting for many different freedoms and other forms of justice. However, the protesters were mainly fighting for the increase of democratic values, police accountability, the release of arrested, innocent citizens and (of course) the termination of the extradition bill. 

As a response to the ongoing protests, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam “indefinitely suspended” the bill that allowed the extradition law to be passed. However, citizens did not believe that this was a solution, but rather a delay tactic. 

Because of this, the protests in Hong Kong are still occurring and, in turn, are becoming more and more violent. Most recently, on Sunday, the protesters went on a rampage through Hong Kong; they vandalized and trashed many public areas, blocked roads, threw bricks and petrol bombs at police, set fires across the city, and destroyed the China flag. 

There has been no statement from the Hong Kong government on how they will handle the protests and solve the problems the citizens are fighting for. With that being said, when will the Hong Kong government suffice to the citizens demands?