Know What Is Happening In Hong Kong And Why Are People Protesting?
New Delhi: Protesters continue to engulf Hong Kong more than two months after an extradition law moved thousands to the streets and raise voice against the government.
As anti-government demonstrators continue to protest know what’s at the root of the trouble.
Why are the protests happening?
Protests have gripped Hong Kong since June 2019, sparked by highly controversial legislation to handover those convicted of crimes to mainland China and Taiwan.
That bill has been now suspended- but the protests have mushroomed into a broader backlash against the government amid fears of the growing control of China’s Communist party.
Hong Kong, a former British colony in south eastern China, has long enjoyed a special status under the principal “one country, two systems”. The Basic Law dictates that Hong Kong will retain its common law and capitalist system for 50 years after the handover in 1997.
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But there are fears China is extending its influence over Hong Kong long before this deadline.
Protesters see the move to try Hong Kong criminals under Chinese law as deeply problematic – in 2015, 99.9 per cent of those accused in China’s courts were convicted. But there are other issues at stake too. Protesters also believe their leader should be elected in a more democratic way that reflects the preference of the voters.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the city’s recovery from protests that have swept the Asian financial hub could take a long time and that she would be responsible for rebuilding its economy “after the violence eases”.
Her comments followed serious developments in the growing crisis over the past week. Beijing said on Monday the protests had begun to show “sprouts of terrorism”, and the city’s airport was closed in an unprecedented move that forced hundreds of flight cancellations.
As she spoke to reporters, her voice cracking with emotion at one point, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell by more than 1% to its lowest level since Jan. 4. The index was down around 1.5% soon after.
She said violence by protesters had pushed Hong Kong into “a state of panic and chaos”.
“Hong Kong, as an open, free, very tolerant, economically stable city will see severe wounds … The recovery may take a long time,” she said.