Thousands of people took to streets in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against a new extradition law that would allow suspects in their country to be sent to mainland China to face trial.
The controversial bill is to be debated in the legislative council this Wednesday and could become law by end of June.
Hong Kong is a former British colony that was handed back to Chinese in 1997 with promises of autonomy and a separate legal system. There have been a number of protests recently as China tries to integrate Hong Kong more closely. Locals believe there will be further corrosion of their autonomy with this law and fear denial of a fair trial in Chinese courts.
While the officials have defended the bill and have said that adequate safeguards have been built, people of Hong Kong don’t seem to be assured. Over a million people have participated in the protests, including families with kids and the elderly.
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