Following months of large-scale protests in which almost two million people took to the streets of Hong Kong, the region’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced she would formally withdraw the controversial Extradition Bill. The bill would have made it easier for Hong Kong to extradite its citizens to territories it doesn’t already have an extradition agreement with, like mainland China. Lam also announced she would set up an investigation into the initial causes of the protests.
Though the bill was responsible for setting off the protests, its withdrawal hasn’t caused them to dissipate. Fully withdrawing the bill was, in fact, only one of the movement’s five key demands. The others are for Carrie Lam to resign as Chief Executive, the region’s government to stop formally referring to the protests as “riots,” a full independent inquiry into the actions of the Hong Kong police and the freeing of everyone arrested as part of the protests - a number that a report from the Washington Post puts at almost 1,200 people.
To understand more about where the protests go from here, we’re joined by an expert on the social movements of Cantonese-speakers in China and the Chinese Diaspora, Justin Tse.