Pro-democracy Movement Against Extradition Bill


The red, green, and blue paths on the map represent the length of the human chain in Hong Kong.

Denisa Budzak, Staff Writer

Hong Kong citizens are furious and protesting against the government about the extradition bill. This bill is supposed to allow Hong Kong to apprehend and bring people in who are wanted in countries and territories including Taiwan and mainland China. This plan applies to thirty-seven crimes. When citizens heard that the government might approve the plan they decided to protest because they are against the government proposal of allowing extraditions to mainland China and citizens believe that they won’t be concerned about their safety. Citizens have been protesting for 4 months so far.

Based on the unfair treatment of China’s judicial system, Hong Kong citizens are frightened that the government might legalize the extradition and apply this to the politics. Hong Kong citizens who have jobs that deal with speaking, telling, or acting that is unsuitable for the government, might be put under arrest for certain periods of time, and be put into an unfair trial. Since the people in Hong Kong don’t have any political freedom, they want to make sure that this plan won’t pass, so that they won’t have to worry about being unsafe or detained.

They‘re currently having an “Umbrella Revolution.” This is when protestors open their umbrellas to defend themselves from pepper spray and tear gas. Some have even gotten tattoos with the shape of an umbrella for massive protests. The revolution goes back to what happened and ended on September 26, 2014, it is also what the citizens are doing today. Thousands to millions of Hong Kong citizens also flash their lights from their phones for the pro-democracy movement. Protestors also decided to form a human chain last week that went along three subway lines to form the “Hong Kong Way.” In addition, they decided to sing and chant pro-democracy slogans for the pro-democracy movement.

For now, Chief Hong Kong Executive, Carrie Lam, put a suspension on this bill only for a short amount of time. So, how will this movement end? Will Hong Kong citizens achieve their goal or feel more miserable and unsafe? Check any world news website to be updated.