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DISCUSSION: The Hong Kong protests, explained

For months, demonstrators in Hong Kong have been taking to the streets in massive protest.

The movement began over concerns about a proposed bill allowing Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to mainland China. It has evolved into a direct challenge to China's Communist Party rule over Hong Kong.

  • Watch the Wednesday morning segment above.

Here are the key points:

The extradition bill

One country, two systems

The protests

  • Began in April as a peaceful demonstration against the government.
  • They have evolved into a direct challenge to China’s Communist Party rule over Hong Kong.
  • Protests began as weekend marches in the streets, but have become a daily phenomenon with increasingly violent clashes between police and demonstrators.
  • In June, 2 million people reportedly took part in what was likely the largest protest in Hong Kong’s history.

The demonstrators have five key demands

Other developments


About the Author:

Brian Newlin

Brian is an Associate Producer for ClickOnDetroit. He graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a degree in Journalism and Screen Studies.