The Hush Post | 5:43 pm | One-minute read |
The controversial extradition bill in China is facing severe protests in Hong Kong. The netizens are pouring onto the streets in huge numbers. It was a second such incident in the last few days that lakhs of people took to the streets on Sunday. Nearly 2 million people joined the demonstration, the BBC reported. However, what transpired during the protests has earned the agitators lots of respect worldwide.
The demonstration began early in the afternoon in Victoria Square, with many wearing black. In the meantime, an ambulance which was ferrying a patient approached the crowd, seeking way to move ahead.
Within a matter of seconds, the crowd fell apart and made a way for the ambulance which moved uninterrupted through the people. The entire exercise was caught on camera and the video has gone viral on social media.
Social media users are showering accolades on the ‘disciplined’ crowd and the way in which they paved a way for the ambulance. Some users labeled the protestors ‘world’s most organised protestors’.
THE CONTROVERSIAL BILL
Huge protests are taking place in Hong Kong despite the suspension of the bill on Saturday. The extradition bill proposed allowing extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China. Netizens see the bill as an increased Chinese influence over Hong Kong. Protestors seek scrapping of the bill rather than suspending it.
Hong Kong is a former British colony, but was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” deal that guarantees it a level of autonomy.
The government had argued the proposed extradition bill would “plug the loopholes” so that the city would not be a safe haven for criminals, following a murder case in Taiwan.
People fear the law could be used to target political opponents of the Chinese state.