After the murder of a Hongkonger girl (Poon Hiu-wing, 20 years old) by her boyfriend (Chan Tong-kai, 19 years old) in Taiwan, the government of Hong Kong introduced in the 3 April 2019 the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill which, if enacted, will allow local authorities to detain and extradite criminal fugitives who are wanted in territories with which Hong Kong does not have extradition agreements, including Taiwan and mainland China.
The first big protests in started against the Extradition Law Bill on 9 June, an estimated one million people marched to the government headquarters, which, with the protests of the 12th, pushed Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to issue a dramatic reversal, saying she would indefinitely delay the extradition bill.
In addition to the amendment of the Extradition Bill, the protesters ask for :
- A commission of inquiry into alleged police brutality.
- Retracting the classification of protesters as “rioters”.
- Amnesty for arrested protesters.
- Dual universal suffrage, meaning for both the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive.
On 4 September, Chief executive Carrie Lam announced the official withdraw of the bill in October without taking any step toward the satisfaction of the other demands.
The bill was formally withdrawn on 23 October.
The protests are still going on to this day.
Liberate hong kong the revolution of our times
This project is my journey through the streets of Hong Kong in September where the police brutality escalated visibly and the protesters kept gaining the streets everyday calling for freedom.