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Protesters in Hong Kong braved pepper spray and rubber bullets to successfully delay debate on a controversial bill that would expose Hongkongers to extradition to mainland China, Axios' Dave Lawler reports.
Why it matters: A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 but retained a high degree of autonomy — including the freedom to protest and an independent judiciary. Hong Kong residents worry that’s all crumbling as the Chinese Communist Party tightens its grip.
Between the lines: The bill doesn’t cover political crimes, but opponents warn that China could simply charge those it wants to detain with other offenses.
Be smart: Bill Bishop of Sinocism writes that the protests are “a huge embarrassment for Beijing” that President Xi Jinping will probably attribute to “insufficient patriotic education among Hong Kong youth and hostile foreign forces intent upon fomenting a color revolution."
What’s next: The city will awake shortly. Lam has slammed the “organized riot” but won’t say what’s next for the bill. Further clashes are possible.
This photo should give perspective on the size of the protests in Hong Kong.
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