Extradition Bill: Why Hong Kong Protesters Are Outraged

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On June 9, 2019, organizers say that more than 1 million protesters in Hong Kong — which would be nearly one in seven people in the city — voiced their opposition to an extradition bill that would allow fugitives to be transferred to mainland China. Speaking to the Hong Kong Free Press, demonstrator and retired civil servant HK Lau said that the passage of the bill would mean the end of the “One Country, Two Systems” principle under which the city had been governed since the resumption of Chinese rule in 1997.

But speaking after the demonstration, Chief Executive Carrie Lam pledged to continue with the bill, asserting that it would improve the legal system. However, describing a bill that would permit renditions to China — a country whose leader, Xi Jinping, has categorically rejected judicial independence — as strengthening the rule of law is not merely cynical doublespeak. Rather, Lam’s statement reflects her government’s strategy of abusing the city’s…



Source: Leadership Newspaper

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