Hong Kong witnesses Heavy protests on Christmas Eve

Protesters in Hong Kong called for a series of protests over the Christmas period, and on Christmas Eve thousands came out on the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok one of the busiest shopping areas.

Crux of the Matter
  • Hong Kong riot police fired teargas at thousands of anti-government protesters to disperse them and clear the traffic.
  • Demonstrators inside the malls threw umbrellas and other objects at police.
  • The traffic was blocked outside the malls and luxury hotels like the Peninsula, in the Tsim Sha Tsui tourist district of Kowloon.
  • There was a heavy police presence into the night with hundreds of officers standing guard on the roads as thousands of Christmas shoppers and tourists, some wearing Santa hats, looked on.
  • About 100 protesters vandalised a Starbucks in Mira Place mall. Police also reported that a bank was also vandalised and set on fire.
  • Protests started in June against a draft bill that allowed extraditions from Hong Kong to mainland China.

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 is a bicameral and bipartisan American legislation that reintroduced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in light of the 2019 Hong Kong extradition bill proposal and the ensuing protests against it. The act “directs various departments to assess whether political developments in Hong Kong justify changing Hong Kong’s unique treatment under U.S. law.” Read More

US Senate Passes “Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act” Bill

Amidst a crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the U.S. Senate has unanimously passed “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act” aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong. This has drawn a lot of criticism from China.

Crux of the Matter
  • In the first Senate bill, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would have to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong retains autonomy to qualify for special U.S. trading consideration.
  • The US would provide for sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong.
  • In a second bill passed unanimously, it bans the export of certain crowd-control ammunition to Hong Kong police forces. It also bans the export of items such as tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and stun guns.
  • China has strongly condemned the bill and stands firmly opposing it and has accused it as a violation of international law.
  • In a statement by foreign ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang said, “This act neglects facts and truth, applies double standards and blatantly interferes in Hong Kong affairs and China’s other internal affairs,”

2019 Hong Kong protests, also called as the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill movement is an ongoing series of demonstrations in Hong Kong which were triggered by the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill by the Hong Kong government. If enacted, the bill would have let local authorities detain and extradite criminal fugitives who are wanted in territories with which Hong Kong does not currently have extradition agreements, including Taiwan and mainland China. Protesters laid out five key demands, which include the withdrawal of the bill, an investigation into alleged police brutality, the release of arrested protesters, a complete retraction of the official characterisation of the protests as “riots”, and Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s resignation. More Info