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Despite Two Million Participants in Yesterday’s March, Hong Kong Government Has Yet to Withdraw Extradition Bill

Yesterday's march against the Beijing-backed extradition bill pushed for by the Hong Kong government ended without major incident, with over two million residents of Hong Kong taking to the streets by the time of the demonstration’s end. But with the Hong Kong government not yet withdrawing the extradition bill, more protests are expected for today, inclusive of another call for a general strike... Read More

Over 1.4 Million Demonstrators Protest Hong Kong Government, Call for Full Withdrawal of Extradition Bill

Demonstrators marched through the streets of Hong Kong in the thousands once again today in order to protest against the Hong Kong government’s handling of a planned extradition treaty which would allow Hong Kong residents to be deported to China to face criminal charges. Organizers claim that over 1,400,000 demonstrators are present.... Read More

Hong Kong Government Suspends Extradition Bill, but Questions Remain About What Comes Next

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the temporary suspension of efforts by the government to pass the extradition bill today, stating that the government would "pause and think" after public controversy. Although this may mark an end to immediate tensions in Hong Kong, it remains to be seen if the government will resume pushing for the bill at a later date... Read More

Protests Continue in Hong Kong, with Large-Scale Demonstration Called for Sunday

Protests continue in Hong Kong, with demonstrations continuing to take place Thursday and Friday. Splits are notably opening in the pro-Beijing camp, but it still remains to be seen as to whether the Hong Kong government and Beijing will back down, or instead decide that it is necessary to take harsh measures. A large-scale demonstration has been called for Sunday by the organizers of the demonstration last Sunday, which had over one million participants... Read More

After Police Suppression of Occupation, What Next for Efforts to Resist the Extradition Law?

The next steps for efforts to resist the extradition law in Hong Kong remain unclear after tonight. Despite the fact that an Umbrella Movement-style occupation formed in the early morning hours on Harcourt Road outside of LegCo, the aggressive police response has at least temporarily cut off the possibility of the movement against the extradition bill taking the form of an occupation. Likewise, the notion of a general strike that would make all of Hong Kong society ground to a halt did not succeed, because the strike was not wide enough... Read More

Is the Pro-Beijing Camp Delaying Voting on the Extradition Bill An Attempt at Political Distraction?

Hong Kong LegCo president Andrew Leung announced earlier this afternoon that voting on the proposed extradition bill will be delayed until Thursday of next week. It is possible that delaying the vote on the bill is an attempt to reduce the intensity of protests, as a smokescreen or distraction, or even as a feint for a push to rapidly pass the bill. On the other hand, it is possible that splits, or at least the appearance of splits, are appearing in the pro-Beijing camp... Read More