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Hong Kong Freedom Movement

The 2019–20 Hong Kong protests are ongoing protests in Hong Kong triggered by the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill by the Hong Kong government.[26][27] If enacted, the bill would have allowed the extradition of criminal fugitives who are wanted in territories with which Hong Kong does not currently have extradition agreements, including mainland China.[28] This led to concerns that the bill would subject Hong Kong residents and visitors to the jurisdiction and legal system of mainland China, thereby undermining the region's autonomy and people's civil liberties.[29][30][31][32] As the protests progressed, the protesters laid out five key demands, namely the withdrawal of the bill, investigation into alleged police brutality and misconduct, the release of arrested protesters, retraction of the official characterisation of the protests as "riots", and Chief Executive Carrie Lam's resignation along with the introduction of universal suffrage for election of the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive.[33][34]

Despite a demonstration attended by hundreds of thousands on 9 June, the government proceeded with the bill.[35][36] Protesters gathered outside the Legislative Council Complex to stall the bill's second reading on 12 June,[37][38][39][40] resulting in an intense standoff between the protesters and the police, who deployed tear gas and rubber bullets.[41] An even bigger march took place on 16 June, just one day after the suspension of the bill, as protesters insisted on the complete withdrawal of the bill and reacted to the perceived excessive use of force by the police on 12 June.[42] The anniversary of the handover on 1 July saw the storming of the Legislative Council Complex,[43] and subsequent protests throughout the summer spread to different districts.[44] The police's inaction when suspected triad members assaulted protesters and commuters in Yuen Long on 21 July[45] and the police storming of Prince Edward station on 31 August caused further escalation of the protests.[46]