- 14 Jun 2019
- 2 min read
Massive protests in Hongkong has erupted against a government plan to allow extradition to mainland China.
- The mass demonstration was one of the largest in the city’s history and a stunning display of rising fear and anger over the erosion of civil liberties.
- The protest recalled the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement five years ago.
- Hongkong is situated on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong’s strategic location on the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea has made it one of the world’s most thriving and cosmopolitan cities.
- Hong Kong as we know it today was born when China’s Qing dynasty government was defeated in the First Opium War in 1842. It ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain. Hong was under the control of the British empire until 1997. The Sino-British declaration under the principle of 'One Country, Two Systems', Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region(SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997.
- This arrangement allows the city to enjoy a high degree of autonomy, including retaining its capitalist system, independent judiciary and rule of law, free trade and freedom of speech.
- The interference of the communist regime of China in the internal affairs of Hongkong and its oppressive policies have led to various pro-democracy protests for autonomy in recent times.