Civil Unrest Continues In Hong Kong

Smoke from tear gas is seen as riot policemen clear the protesters on a streets in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Police launched tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long anti-government and pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Smoke from tear gas is seen as riot policemen clear the protesters on a streets in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Police launched tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long anti-government and pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Vincent Yu / AP Photo
Smoke from tear gas is seen as riot policemen clear the protesters on a streets in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Police launched tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long anti-government and pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Smoke from tear gas is seen as riot policemen clear the protesters on a streets in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Police launched tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long anti-government and pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Vincent Yu / AP Photo

Civil Unrest Continues In Hong Kong

Several consecutive weekends of anti-government protests in Hong Kong are escalating. The Chinese government, in a rare move, offered full-throated support to Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam and its police force. Hong Kong officials representing Beijing said in a press conference this weekend that, “[T]he most dangerous situation in Hong Kong is that violent crimes have not been effectively stopped … The most important task of Hong Kong at present is to resolutely punish violent crimes according to law, restore social stability as soon as possible.” The protests started eight weeks ago over a proposed law that would enable Hong Kong to extradite its citizens to territories to which Hong Kong doesn’t have existing extradition agreements. Critics argued the bill would make it easier for China to police dissent in Hong Kong. We talk about the rising tensions in Hong Kong with Wen Huang. He’s author of the books “The Little Red Guard” and “A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel: Murder, Money and an Epic Power Struggle in China.”