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100 Days Of Hong Kong Protests

It has been 100 days since Hong Kong protests against the extradition bill began. The extradition bill was proposed by the Hong Kong government under the leadership of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, who is said to be ‘handpicked’ by Beijing. The extradition bill , if it was passed, would have allowed fugitives to be taken back to mainland China for trial. Many Hong Kongers saw this as Beijing’s tightening grip against the independent judicial system of Hong Kong.

When Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997, China had agreed to administer Hong Kong under the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement. Under this agreement, Communist China would not be involved in the functioning of Hong Kong ‘s judiciary, executive and legislature.But the Chinese government would have authority over the foreign affairs and defence vis -a-vis Hong Kong and another country. This also meant that Hong Kong will have an independent press.

When Hong Kong was handed over to China, the economy of Hong Kong was 18 percent of the total of China. Today, Hong Kong’s economy stands at a meagre 3 percent. It is reported that the youth of Hong Kong are finding it hard to buy a house and start a family due to the exorbitant prices of real estate. It is reported that the basic problems lies in the allocation of projects to many mainland developers and the influx of buyers from mainland which had pushed the prices upward.This had subjected many ordinary Hong Kongers to migrate to another country with relatively cheaper prices in real estate. In this regard too, the Chinese government have done very little to redress the grievances of the Hong Kongers.100 Days Of Hong Kong Protests.

The extradition bill was withdrawn by its Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, this month but the protests haven’t stop yet. The Hong Kong protests, which started out as anti-extradition bill, changed its tide to an out all demand for democracy. It is now asking United States, United Kingdom and democracies around the world to support them on humanitarian ground. The only sane thing that China can do is adhere to the ‘one country, two systems’ in toto and grant Hong Kongers universal suffrage to elect its own leaders.