The 2019-2020 Hong Kong protests also known as the Anti-Extradition Law Amendement Bill (Anti-ELAB) movement and the Water Revolution is a series of ongoing protests in Hong Kong-icon.png Hong Kongball over an extradition bill for Hong Kong about fugitives accused of criminal activities but with regional immunity to be extradited to mainland China-icon.png Chinaball for trial, but Hong Kong-icon.png Hong Kongball feared they would be threatened by it.


In 2018, a man murdered his pregnant girlfriend in Taiwan-icon.png Taiwanball and fled to Hong Kong-icon.png Hong Kongball. As such, the chief executive Carrie Lam proposed a law that would allow criminals to be extradited to Taiwanball, Macau-icon.png Macauball and China-icon.png Chinaball in 2019 February. Fearing erosion of HK's autonomy, many Hong Kongers took the streets requesting the law to be withdrawn.

Over the summer, protests happened in many clays like North District (Hong Kong)-icon.png Northball and Yuen Long District (Hong Kong)-icon.png Yuen Longball, but a massive protest happened on June 12, 2019. 40,000 protesters took to the streets, and clashed with roughly 5,000 police officers. They went on strike and some protesters got sieged by police at the CITIC tower, but escaped. The protests began to request for an investigation into supposed police brutality, the release of all arrested protesters, the retraction of the protests as riots and true universal suffrage. The police utilised brute force, and attacked some citizens who went over the top in protesting. Hong Kongers want peace, but they are unwilling to back down unless the government follows their will. On July 1st to July 2nd, 2019, 30,000 protesters stormed the Legislative Council Complex causing some suicides, and damage to the Complex. Some protesters escaped and withdrew. The people were willing to fight. 20 days later, 45 protesters got injured by police officers after they returned from protests. The same thing happened at Prince Edward station, only on August 21st, 2019, with 10 people injured and 65 passengers/protesters arrested.

Multiple buildings and cafes were damaged in the protests. That may be justified by looking at the damage caused by the protesters, since most of the establishments that were damaged belonged to some well-known government supporters, but police also hit the protesters and sprayed people when necessary. School was called off on multiple days due to strikes and transportation boycotts created by protesters, making it hard to get to and fro in Hong Kong-icon.png Hong Kongball. Citizens started splitting into 3 groups: Yellow, Green and Blue. ‘Yellow’ citizens supported the protesters, and wanted independence and democracy. ‘Green’ citizens either had mixed opinions, or were neutral. ‘Blue’ citizens supported the HK police, and disagreed against independence in general. Slogans could be seen across the whole clay, and the ones that obstructed day-to-day life were removed. Normal life still resumed, although with a bit more tension than was healthy. Families split, and friends became enemies.

While the bill was formally withdrawn in October, protests still continued due to growing hatred of the government and calls for democracy. Meanwhile, on November 8, 2019, a guy named Chow Tsz-lok fell down from a building and died. This was the first death of the HK protests. Protesters thought of him as a hero and wanted to get revenge. 3 days after Chow's death, the police surrounded protesters and students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong but managed to escape through a passage. Some went to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, while some rioted in the street. The police laid siege at Polytechnic University. Many people fought them to escape, eventually, they did. The police went inside and found lots of petrol bombs.

Due to coronavirus, the number of protests gradually reduced, but the tensions between two sides didn't reduce. However, it may flare up again at the slightest hint of unrest.


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