Estimated One Million Hong Kongers Protest Against Proposed Extradition Bill
An estimated one million people took to the streets in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest a bill working its way through the Legislative Committee that would enable Hong Kong to extradite its citizens to territories that Hong Kong doesn’t have existing extradition agreements with. The bill was drafted after a Hong Konger accused of murdering his girlfriend in Taiwan couldn’t be extradited to face charges there, since Hong Kong and Taiwan didn’t have an extradition agreement. Supporters of the bill, such as Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam, have argued that the bill would strengthen the rule of law, but critics argue that the bill would make it easier for China to police dissent in Hong Kong. Editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong Free Press Tom Grundy joined us earlier this morning to talk about the implications of the proposed law for Hong Kong.