Hong Kong has just experienced one of its biggest ever protests in history.
Over a million people reportedly took to the streets – that’s 1 in 7 of the population. People are worried about a proposed law which would allow those responsible for a criminal offence to be extradited to mainland China. They fear that anyone committing a political crime – or even tourists – could end up being handed over to the government in Beijing.
Hong Kong was a British colony from 1841, until sovereignty was returned to China in 1997. It is now part of a ‘one country, two systems’ principle, which ensures that it keeps its own judicial independence, legislature, borders and economic system. This new law, protestors argue, would undermine the territory’s autonomy and bring Hong Kong more decisively under China’s control.
Pro-democracy groups helped lead a two-day protest, which culminated in the police responding with “excessive force”, according to Human Rights Watch, by firing tear gas and rubber bullets at young people.
Benji Hyer spoke to one protestor – a student at Hong Kong University – who wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons. She told W!ZARD Radio Station that she’s terrified of China’s “iron grip” over Hong Kong and, in a heartfelt personal testimony, recalls the pain of being fired at with tear gas. But, she and many others aren’t ready to back down yet.
Hear the full exclusive interview from 12.00pm (UK) on Benji Hyer’s politics show, only on W!ZARD Radio Station.
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