There was a huge crowd of people outside some governmental offices in Hong Kong, where police where placed, and soon the place turned to a somewhat battle field by some time. Technically the protesters are angry about plans to allow extradition to mainland China.
Even after protest from such huge crowd(i.e. the public), the government still seems to turn a deaf ear towards the protesters leading to even more conflict. But on the other hand Hong Kong’s Legislative council(legCo) put in their work and delayed a reading of second time of the contradiction extradition bill.
How did the violence unfold?
Originally the second reading was scheduled for Wednesday. Activists in the tens of thousands blockaded key streets around the government headquarters to prevent the lawmakers from participating in the debate in central Hong Kong. Police were also out in riot gear.
After the passing of some time the tension started to build among the people as the people tried to storm key the government offices.
The situation had gone so much so out of hand that the police responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets to block them and get them to disperse. Only after hours of chaos the crowd eventually dissipated overnight. Human right group later on accused the police of using “excessive force”Among the group of 75 people from the age group 15 to 66 were injured among which 2 people were critically injured.
After the violence on Wednesday, Ms Lam, in a tearful interview, called the protests “organised riots”, and dismissed accusations that she had “sold out” Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s train operator, the MTR, said that Admiralty station – the station at the heart of the protest zone – would remain closed today following a police request.
Only a handful of protesters remained in the central business district in the city on Thursday morning, though some roads and a downtown shopping mall still remain closed, said local broadcaster RTHK.
After one of the most violet protest Hong Kong has seen in Decade, at morning there seems to be a quiet scene. Although police are still dispersed there seem to be no sign of returning of the protesters, yet there seems to be one lone old man in the street shouting at the police.
What is the extradition plan?
The leader/government of Hong Kong Carrie Lam has proposed amendments to the extradition laws that would allow extradition requests from authorities in mainland Macau,China and Taiwan for suspects accused of criminal wrongdoing such as murder and rape.The requests would be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Hong Kong has entered into extradition agreements with 20 countries, including the UK and the US, but an agreement with China has never been reached.
The move came after a 19-year-old Hong Kong man allegedly murdered his 20-year-old pregnant girlfriend while they were holidaying in Taiwan together in February last year.The man fled to Hong Kong and could not be extradited to Taiwan because the two do not have an extradition treaty.
Why are people angry about it?
Technically, the reason that people from Hong Kong are angry is that in past Hong Kong was under British Empire and later on freed to join in china, but the system the wanted to follow was “one country, two system”.
But now the people feel that if the Bill, for which the whole riot is taking place, passes then Hong Kong will more be known as one of another countries of china. They would rater want Hong Kong to be an independent country than let the bill be passed.
“Hong Kong will just become another Chinese city if this bill is passed,” one 18-year-old protester told the BBC.