Hong Kong’s pro-government protesters on Monday tried to storm the Legislative Council. They destroyed windows of the government building and tried to gain access by force. The police used pepper spray to stop it.
Accompanied by this and other incidents, Hong Kong has begun celebrating the 22nd anniversary of the return of the former British Crown Colony to China. Thousands of people demonstrated against the annual flag ceremony and occupied streets in the government district. The police again violently acted against them. The annual protest march is likely to be particularly large this year due to the heated mood in the financial metropolis. The highlight of the demonstration will probably be reached in the afternoon.
Unlike usual, Hong Kong Prime Minister Carrie Lam invited guests watched the ceremony not in the open air but on a screen in a nearby convention center, which was justified by bad weather.
In recent weeks, Hong Kong has witnessed the biggest protests in three decades due to a controversial law on deliveries to China. Up to two million people have already taken to the streets to protest the project.
The extradition law would allow Hong Kong authorities to extradite Chinese accused persons to the People’s Republic. Critics warn that China’s judiciary is not independent and serves political persecution. Also threatened with torture and ill treatment.
Prime Minister Lam had put the extradition law after the outcry in the population on ice. However, the protesters want to continue protesting until the law is officially withdrawn, detained members of the protest movement and punished by police who violently violated protesters.
On July 1, 1997, Britain returned its Hong Kong crown colony to China. Actually, according to the Hong Kong return agreement, there are more freedoms until 2047 than Chinese in the People’s Republic. But more and more Hong Kongers feel that Beijing is already curtailing their rights.
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