Hong Kong Protests: Explained

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Published on August 21, 2019 - Duration: 00:58s

Hong Kong Protests: Explained

Hong Kong Protests: Explained.

Thousands of protesters have been gathering in the streets of Hong Kong for months.

Their most recent cause for concern is a proposed extradition bill.

The Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill would allow suspected offenders to be sent to a broader range of countries, including mainland China.

Opponents of the bill fear Hong Kong's judicial independence from Beijing would become jeopardized, and it would open the door to "legalized kidnapping.".

The bill was suspended by Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrie Lam, in June, but it has not yet been formally withdrawn.

The protesters, who want the bill struck down, utilize umbrellas to protect themselves from pepper spray, tear gas and police cameras.

As far as other countries getting involved, President Trump has encouraged Beijing to "work humanely with Hong Kong."

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