The protests on the streets of Hong Kong over the last few days are about far more than just the proposed changes to the extradition law.
Hong Kongers are opposing amendments that would allow them – and anyone one else present in Hong Kong – to be extradited into the mainland Chinese justice system, which is capricious and repressive in equal measure.
But the scale of the demonstrations reflects pent-up anger at the increasing erosion of the freedoms and autonomy promised to the Chinese territory for 50 years when it was handed back by the British government in 1997. Hong Kong's independent legal system is the foundation of its prosperity and its unique identity within China.
In the last few years,...
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