By Sharmini Peries
SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore.
Just a week after commemorating June 4, 1989, the massacre on Tiananmen Square, over a million people demonstrated in Hong Kong this weekend to protest new legislation which enables the extradition of suspects to China. The protesters are concerned that the extraditions would spell the end of Hong Kong’s autonomy, putting it firmly in the grip of the Chinese government and making freedom of speech and freedom of expression impossible. Now, Chinese authorities claim that the law is only intended to apprehend fugitives who flee to Hong Kong from the mainland. Now, Hong Kong used to be a British colony and was leased from China for 99 years, and then returned to China in 1997. In the 22 years since there has been a delicate balance between Hong Kong’s autonomy and the power of the Chinese Communist Party. Now, the legislation, however, threatens to break the status quo and tip the balance in favor of Chinese dominance over the island. The chief executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, remains committed to passing the legislation despite the protests.
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