On Sunday, nearly 2 million people marched the streets of Hong Kong to continue the protest of the controversial extradition bill that would allow people in Hong Kong to be arrested and extradited to mainland China for prosecution. The protesters argue that this bill could be used as a political tool to arrest and extradite political activists that oppose the Chinese government.
The bill is expected to allow the arrests of people who exhibit opposition of the Chinese government, including people who post criticisms of the government on social media and people who do not sing for the national anthem. Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has already suspended the bill but refuses to withdraw it completely. Despite Lam’s suspension of the bill, the protesters are still visibly terrified and expect the bill to come back.
The Chinese state media has claimed the protests have been fueled by “foreign forces.” The police have allegedly claimed there has been no abuse of protesters.
Exclusive video of a protester in the streets being thrown to the ground and beaten:
This protest comes after the 30 year anniversary of the 1989 protests of Tiananmen Square, which resulted in the massacre of at least 10,000 protesters at the hands of the Chinese government. About 30 years before the Tiananmen Square protests was the Great Leap Forward, which resulted in the deaths of at least 45 million people, including at least 2 million who were tortured to death.