- Title: Timeline of Hong Kong political movements
- Date: 16th August 2019
- Summary: A Hong Kong court jailed three leaders of the Chinese-ruled city's democracy movement for six to eight months in August 2017, dealing a blow to the youth-led push for universal suffrage and prompting accusations of political interference. Joshua Wong, 20, Alex Chow, 26, and Nathan Law, 24, were sentenced in 2016 to non-jail terms including community service for unlawful assembly, but the Department of Justice in the former British colony applied for a review, seeking imprisonment. HONG KONG, CHINA (FILE - JULY 21, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF FORMER STUDENT LEADERS (LEFT TO RIGHT) JOSHUA WONG, NATHAN LAW AND ALEX CHOW CHANTING SLOGANS The Hong Kong government on January 23, presented a controversial bill to lawmakers that prescribes jail terms of up to three years for disrespecting the Chinese national anthem, a move critic say raises fresh fears over freedom of expression in the city. Outside the legislative building, small groups of pro-democracy and pro-Beijing protesters taunted each other. HONG KONG, CHINA (FILE - JANUARY 23, 2019) (REUTERS) HONG KONG EMBLEM INSIDE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LEGISLATURE SESSION IN PROGRESS PAN-DEMOCRAT LAWMAKER SEATED WITH SIGN ON BENCH READING (Chinese): "OPPOSE NATIONAL ANTHEM LAW - SUPPRESSION OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH" VARIOUS OF PRO-GOVERNMENT PROTESTERS CONFRONTING ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTERS OUTSIDE LEGCO Hong Kong's leaders launched laws on April 3, 2019 to change extradition rules to allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial. The move comes in the face of growing opposition as many fear it could further erode the city's legal protections. HONG KONG, CHINA (FILE - APRIL 3, 2019) (REUTERS) SCREEN READING (English) "FUGITIVE OFFENDERS AND MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE IN CRIMINAL MATTERS LEGISLATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 2019 - FIRST READING AND SECOND READING" LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL PRESIDENT ANDREW LEUNG SEATED OPPOSITION PAN-DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS SHOUTING WHILE BANGING HANDS OPPOSITION PAN-DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS SEATED WHILE COUNCIL SESSION IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 30th August 2019 12:37
- Keywords: extradition China Occupy protests handover one country Hong Kong two systems Umbrella
- Location: HONG KONG/SHENZHEN, GUANGDONG PROVINCE/BEIJING, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG/SHENZHEN, GUANGDONG PROVINCE/BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Lawmaking,Government/Politics,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA00BASHI98L
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Ten weeks of confrontations between police and protesters have plunged Hong Kong into turmoil, and present the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.
The protests began as opposition to a now-suspended bill that would have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China and have swelled into wider calls for democracy.
Hong Kong returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula that promised wide-ranging freedoms denied to citizens in mainland China, but many in the city believe Beijing has been eroding those freedoms.
More mass demonstrations are expected through the weekend (August 17-18).
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