Hong Kong police began to suppress Protestants who are against the extradition law

Alejandro Figuera
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This Tuesday in Hong Kong contemplated a repression on the part of the local police to the protestants who are in the streets from this Sunday.

The main reason for the samples of sovereign power in this Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is the multitudinous rejection of a controversial extradition law that is seeking to be approved by the Hong Kong Government.

The instruments of repression used against the demonstrators who were in the vicinity of the Legislative Council building were rubber balls and tear gas.

Hong Kong police began to suppress Protestants who are against the extradition law
Protestants in Hong Kong being repressed with tear gas by the police.

The extradition project that is being read by the Legislative Council of Hong Kong seeks, according to the authorities, to allow those found guilty of criminal offenses to be sent to mainland China, meaning rape and murder as part of these.

The powerful demonstrations of rejection by the Hong Kong citizens on Tuesday caused the second reading of this legislative project to be suspended; For now, the date on which you intend to resume has not been considered.

Why the majority in Hong Kong do not agree with the extradition law

From the mouths of the protesters themselves, it is assured that the main reason why they do not agree with the approval of an extradition law in Hong Kong, is because the Chinese communist government could violate the autonomy of the pearl of the east.

Specifically, the persecution of opponents of the Chinese communist system and true journalists could intensify given the case that this legislative project enters into force.

In addition, the arbitrary detentions, the partiality of the trials and especially the torture that exists in the judicial system of mainland China, is one of the biggest fears of the Hong Kong people.

Hong Kong police began to suppress Protestants who are against the extradition law
& quot; I oppose the extradition law & quot;

What is the reason for the Hong Kong Government to pass an extradition law?

The pressure of the protests has been tremendous, are rated as the largest in the last twenty years, and that is why the Government, through its chief executive, Carrie Lam, has had to go out to calm the fire.

"There is no time to lose. We must strive to pass the law this summe" said Carrie Lam. "The murder case in Taiwan has put the clock on the fly. We do not want the suspect to escape", added the chief executive.

These statements refer to a criminal case involving a 19-year-old boy accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend a year ago in Taiwan.

What does this event have to do with an extradition law?

In February of last year, Chan Tong-kai, after murdering his pregnant girlfriend, fled Taiwan and returned to Hong Kong.

The Taiwanese authorities processed an extradition request, but it has not had any effect because there is no extradition agreement between these regions.

For the Hong Kong people, the chief executive's argument is just an excuse

The protesters believe that the argument presented by the Hong Kong Government lacks sincerity.

"People are afraid of this law because there is a lack of confidence towards the Chinese government. They fear that I can find any reason to extradite people to China", says editor Howard Zhang in China.
Hong Kong police began to suppress Protestants who are against the extradition law
Hong Kong police repressing the demonstrations.
"I can be here, quiet, but someone can put a bag of cocaine in my pocket. You can accuse me of drug trafficking and prosecute me in mainland China. That is fear", add.

The opinion of the majority about what the Government argues is summarized in that the explanation seems valid, but they also see it as an excuse, since it is just another murder among the large number that occur in the East Asian regions.

"People always feared that China would not fulfill its initial promise to maintain the same laws and the same freedom that it had before 1997. There have been a series of incidents, people who have disappeared in the streets, and now they are afraid of that, with this law, you do not even need to take people secretly", concludes Howard Zhang.