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Millions Are Taking to the Streets in Hong Kong. Here’s What’s at Stake.

For the second weekend in a row, demonstrators filled the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest a major threat to the city’s liberty.

In response, Hong Kong has indefinitely suspended the legislation at the heart of the controversy: a bill that would legalize extradition to China.

In essence, the bill would give Hong Kong authorities the power to transfer anyone within Hong Kong—citizen or noncitizen—to the mainland upon the Chinese government’s request.

After suspending the bill, the city’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, issued an apology and admitted “deficiencies” in the government’s work that “led to substantial controversies and disputes in society.” But the people of Hong Kong believe Lam has failed to respond to their demands to fully withdraw the bill and to resign.

In response, an estimated 2 million people took to the streets on Sunday, signifying that temporary suspension of the bill is not enough.

Despite the peaceful nature of the protests, Hong Kong police have responded violently with batons, pepper spray, tear gas, and rubber bullets. Several protesters were arrested while being treated for injuries sustained during the protests.

Sunday’s protest was the largest in Hong Kong’s memory, surpassing even the 1997 protests when Hong Kong was handed over from Britain to China. They were also larger than the 2014 pro-democracy protests known as the Umbrella Movement.

Read the full story from The Daily Signal

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