Six people were arrested by the police during a demonstration in one of the Hong Kong’s most popular tourist areas on Sunday. Thousands of protesters gathered in the area to raise awareness about the political crisis that has rocked the city.
It is reported that 230,000 people marched through the streets of Kowloon, across the harbor from Hong Kong’s Central business district. This is the latest wave of demonstrations against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China to face trial, according to protest organisers.
Chinese censors would erase or block the news about Hong Kong’s biggest and most violent protests in decades for fear that this could also inspire demonstrations on the mainland.
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam suspended the extradition bill after violent protests last month when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas but this won’t make her scrap the idea of pushing the law to happen.
Protests against the bill morphed into a call for Lam to step down and demanded for investigation over what some describe as excessive police and greater democracy.
Hong Kong has been governed under a “one country, two systems” formula since its return from British to Chinese rule in 1997, allowing freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including the right to protest and an independent judiciary. Many believe that this extradition law could threaten Hong Kong’s rule of law and its international reputation as an Asian financial hub. Due to this issue, Hong Kong tycoons have started packing up and moving their personal wealth offshore.