• Vincent Muratet

Hong Kong, China, and the dangers of Civic Inaction

Protesters in the Hong Kong parliament (source: Volkskrant/AFP, https://www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achtergrond/demonstranten-laten-vernielingen-en-graffiti-achter-in-parlement-van-hongkong~b86ce71c/#&gid=1&pid=1)

"Previously I was not that involved in politics - but the movement made me realise how important it is." [1]

For those who haven’t noticed, Hong Kong’s streets have been fit to burst with protesters in recent weeks, following the announcement of the now infamous ‘Extradition Bill’ by the city’s government. In the words of the BBC: “The rallies against the extradition bill are the biggest since the territory was handed back to China by the British in 1997.” [2]

The Bill comes after a citizen of Hong Kong “…allegedly murdered his 20-year-old pregnant girlfriend while they were holidaying in Taiwan together in February last year [2018],” [2] and returned home, forcing Taiwanese authorities into a brick wall; despite having extradition agreements with 20 foreign nations, Hong Kong has never agreed upon one with Taiwan. [3]