Receio de erosão das liberdades em Hong Kong
June 12, 2019 -- Medidas dos governos da China e de Hong Kong nos últimos anos
suscitaram receios entre os residentes de que as liberdades de que
gozam no território semi-autónomo estejam a ser erodidas.
Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control over the former British colony.
The violence marked a major escalation of the biggest political crisis in years for the territory and forced the delay of legislative debate on the contentious bill.
The demonstrations pose a challenge to Chinese President Xi JInping, who has said he would not tolerate Hong Kong being used as a base to question the ruling Communist Party's authority.
Hong Kong was handed back from British to Chinese rule in 1997 with constitutional guarantees it would continue to enjoy rights and freedoms not granted in mainland China, including an independent legal system.