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1/ READ THIS THREAD *Very important* world news that probably didn't make it to your news feed: Hong Kong protests. #NotExtraditiontoChina #反送中 #612strike #香港加油 #6月9反送中大遊行 #612反送中
2/ The Hong Kong government, headed by a quasi-elected, Beijing-approved Chief Executive Carrie Lam, is attempting to pass an "extradition bill" that gives the PRC power to extradite criminals from HK to PRC.
3/ However, with the passage of the bill, it will ALSO give greater power to PRC to extradite people from HK on arbitrary reasons - namely, political opposition. Instead of using "enforced disappearances" to make certain individuals suddenly resurface...
4/ on the other side of the HK-PRC border, this bill will allow the PRC to do it legally and out in the open. This extradition bill further undermines "One Country, Two Systems" policy, where HK is supposed to remain autonomous in all aspects (incl. law enforcement)...
5/ ...except military operations and diplomacy. It will also set the precedent to future legislation that can expedite the political integration of HK into the PRC. On June 9, organizers estimated nearly 1 million Hong Kong people took to the streets...
6/ ...in HK's CBD and gov't complex to protest the extradition bill. Peaceful protests lasted well into the early hours of June 10, and police resorted to using long range pepper spray to control crowds at times. On June 12, HK police upped their tactics and videos began to...
7/ ...surface in regards to police brutality. Journalists were targeted not just verbally, but also with rubber bullets and tear gas. Lone protesters were beaten by multiple police officers in riot gear. Minors were stopped and interrogated in train stations.
8/ While the protests on June 12 managed to delay legal proceedings in regards to the extradition bill, CE Carrie Lam and her administration stands firm to pass the bill. She even claims that protesters attempted to use lethal forces on the HK police.
9/ This tension contributes to the looming question of HK's political status as 2047 approaches, when the 1984 Sino-British Declaration, which protects HK's political autonomy, will end as the first 50 years of HK as a Special Administration Region in PRC concludes.
10/ The declaration also states that the 50 year transitional period should further democratize HK until it has universal suffrage. (It currently does not - please read about the 2014 Umbrella Movement for more info on this.)
11/ Overall, public opinion of the HK government as well as law enforcement has been in great decline as many believe that the leaders of the HK government are merely puppets of Beijing, with some calling for the resignation of Carrie Lam.
12/ From the inability of HK leaders to accurately represent the voices of the HK people to the lack of legal action from the 2014 Umbrella Movement (except for the imprisonment of numerous leaders), ...
13/ ... grassroots democratic movements has gained larger traction as people turn to a bottom-up approach for political change (ie. political orgs like Demosisto)
14/ Please share this thread to educate others about the precarious situation in HK. The HK government is turning a blind eye to HK's political integration into the PRC.
15/ In the meantime, please consider donating to
and other news orgs to support local HK journalists covering these protests. Thank you for reading this. #香港加油 #NotoChinaExtradition #HongKong #612罷工
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