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As protesters shut down Hong Kong airport, government brings military into city

Be prepared for bad news: While protesters against a new Chinese law in Hong Kong have shut the airport down, the Chinese government has begun to bring its military into the downtown area.

The initial cause of these protests is an attempt by China to impose a new extradition law on Hong Kong that would allow them to extradite people from Hong Kong into mainland China.

The changes will allow for extradition requests from authorities in mainland China, Taiwan and Macau for suspects accused of criminal wrongdoings, such as murder and rape. The requests will then be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Several commercial offenses such as tax evasion have been removed from the list of extraditable offenses amid concerns from the business community. Hong Kong officials have said Hong Kong courts will have the final say whether to grant such extradition requests, and suspects accused of political and religious crimes will not be extradited.

The government has sought to reassure the public with some concessions, including promising to only hand over fugitives for offenses carrying maximum sentences of at least seven years.

It appears that the population in Hong Kong does not trust the Chinese government that has ruled them since the British left in 1999. They fear the misuse of this law in order to arrest anyone the Chinese government doesn’t like.

The question is whether the Chinese can do in Hong Kong what they did in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Then the government moved the military in and massacred the protesters, effectively ending any political opposition to communist rule. If they do this in Hong Kong they will also end the lingering freedom in that city left over from British rule..

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4 comments

  • wayne

    The communist slave state known as China, needs to go.

    Minuteman III launch animation
    https://youtu.be/S-V6MZlyCqE
    2:22

  • F16 Guy

    I got a taste of China earlier this year when I spent almost a month there. While I may be wrong, I don’t see the CCP acquiescing to the demands of the Hong Kong protesters. The CCP has total control over the China residents, and that power would be lost if they give in to those in HK.
    I think Robert has it correct……expect worse, not better from the CCP.

  • Cotour

    You will be a “Good” citizen in China.

    And here in America we are seriously arguing about whether an immigrant, legal or otherwise, should be allowed to stay in the country with every member of their family, wife, multiple kids, in our schools and in our healthcare system, and every other system.

    Two very different worlds, I hope that the Liberal Left will pay attention to what is about to go down in China and be a bit more appreciative and much less abusive of our own system. From one end or the other, the extreme Left or the extreme Right these systems will be attacked and threatened with total destruction.

    And I must ask the question, why? And I conclude that its just the nature of the beast.

  • Andi

    “The government has sought to reassure the public with some concessions, including promising to only hand over fugitives for offenses carrying maximum sentences of at least seven years.”

    So all the government has to do is pass a law imposing a sentence of seven years for littering. So much for that.

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