Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong succeed in primary demand but left unsatisfied in regards to 4 others – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong succeed in primary demand but left unsatisfied in regards to 4 others




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Protesters in Hong Kong appear to have emerged victorious after months of protests, civil disobedience and at times, riots, as the autonomous region’s leader Carrie Lam has said that China “understands, respects and supports” her government’s move to withdraw an extradition bill.

The proposed legislation sparked massive protests, which eventually evolved into a larger movement against what is viewed as the ever-growing encroachment of Beijing communist dictatorship on the former British colony’s autonomy.

The people of Hong Kong, who enjoy a much greater degree of personal freedoms, that those living in mainland China are exceptionally weary of the plan for closer alignment between the city and the rest of China.

However, the withdrawal of the extradition bill is only one of five demands the protesters have put forward and many in territory are warning that this move to placate the pro-democracy movement is too little and too late.

The other four demands of the pro-democracy movement are (2) retraction of the word “riot” to describe rallies, (3) the release of all demonstrators, (4) an independent inquiry into perceived police brutality, and (5) the right for Hong Kong people to choose their own leaders.

Protesters have angered the Chinese government by waving British and American flags and appealing for the help of US President Donald Trump, who encouraged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to resolve the crisis peacefully.

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