Pictures and videos of young protesters in Hong Kong were all over on almost any social media in August or September. The protests regarded a proposed bill that would allow for the extradition of prisoners to mainland China on a case-by-case basis, which protesters worried would further reduce independence from China. Hong Kong and China currently function under “one country, two systems,” with different legal processes, individual rights, and lifestyles in place. Protesters proclaimed that individual legal rights and processes of law would be heavily affected by the law. Reports of protesters vary, with government and organizer accounts and tallies vary greatly. According to organizers, the number of protesters reached roughly a million at the protest’s peak, and force against protestors only encouraged further action. On September 4, the bill was formally withdrawn, although the future of Hong Kong’s relationship with China and further protest remains unclear.
By Anna Sophie Brilla