Massive protests in Hong Kong to protest China Extradition Bill

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
Police in Hong Kong say people flooded the streets of the city on Sunday in a show of defiance against a government proposal that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges. Organizers of the protest say the turnout was more than 1 million.

People carrying banners and signs objecting to the government-backed legislation marched and chanted "no extradition" through the city center. Many of the marchers wore white, a symbol of justice and mourning in Chinese culture.

Crowds were so large that many protesters were stuck in subway stations, waiting to join. As the overflowing throngs marched, Hong Kong authorities threatened to use force if people spilled over police barriers. The Civil Human Rights Front, which organized the protest, said 1.03 million had showed up on the streets to show their solidarity.

The bill at the center of the demonstrations would let criminal suspects be extradited to places where Hong Kong has no formal extradition agreement, such as mainland China. Officials in Hong Kong are expected to bring the proposed law to parliament on Wednesday. Critics of the bill say it would enable China to prosecute its political opponents in the city. Yet Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, is pushing for the proposal's passage before summer break in mid-July.

But there is widespread concern about the broader implication of the proposed law for Hong Kong, a former British colony that was returned to China in 1997 but has maintained its own legal and political system for 50 years. "I needed to let my voice be heard," Kitty Wong, a 38-year-old teacher who joined a protest for the first time, told The Wall Street Journal. She gestured to her two children, ages 8 and 9, and said: "We need to defend our home for the next generation."

Hundreds Of Thousands Fill Hong Kong's Streets To Protest China Extradition Bill
Likes: The Man
Nov 2008
Washington state
This is what would happen in America if Socialism took over and even worse if Communism happened. Hopefully Hong Kong survives the onslaught of Communism in their lives. They may need some help to keep their independence
May 2012
By the wall
Or......and I'm just thinking out loud here.....could we get something if we let them take a new balanced trade deal maybe?