Protesters in Hong Kong are fighting tooth and nail to make sure that any bill allowing extradition to the Chinese mainland doesn’t become law.
Protests broke out over the weekend and today, which marks the anniversary of Hong Kong becoming a part of China in 1997, protestors stormed the Legislative Council building, in effect, crippling the Hong Kong government.
Protests of extradition efforts started early June when over a million protesters took to the streets and were successful in stalling the passage of such bills. The Chinese-backed leaders in Hong Kong continued to attempt to pass the bills after the protests had calmed down, though amid the most recent protests, the Hong Kong government said "it had stopped all work on extradition bill amendments and that the legislation would automatically lapse in July next year," Reuters reports.
According to Reuters, Chinese-backed leader in Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, had addressed the protests as such:
'The incident that happened in recent months has led to controversies and disputes between the public and the government,' she said. 'This has made me fully realize that I, as a politician, have to remind myself all the time of the need to grasp public sentiment accurately.'
The protests led to a cancellation of all activities for now with recent video out of Hong Kong that shows protesters spray-painting the Legislative Council interior and raising the old British colonial flag.
The Legislative Council chamber has now been taken over by protesters, the Beijing-imposed HK emblem defaced, and the old British colonial flag (assoc. w/ HK independence) draped at the front. Could some kind of govt be formed here by protestors? #反送中 #AntiELAB #FreedomHK pic.twitter.com/uS9O135GOi— Jack Hazlewood (@JackHHazlewood) July 1, 2019
A red-alert -- in Hong Kong an alert only to be used when terrorism occurs -- had been issued and police are now engaged in a dangerous standoff against the protestors.