We Stomp, We Fight, as Hong Kong Protests for Their Right!


Source: Joseph Chan

Person holding a “No China Extradition” sign.

Jasmine Lee, Staff Writer

In February, the government introduced the Fugitive Offenders (Amendment) Bill. Many people were opposed to this idea for multiple reasons. On March 31, thousands of protesters gathered in Hong Kong and protested for their beliefs. On June 16, thousands turned to millions.

When people voiced their thoughts about the bill, they did not know how much controversy it would cause. The extradition bill would allow government authorities to detain fugitives in countries like Taiwan. There would also be unfair trials and brutality. It could also endanger citizen life and independence.     

Even before the protests, the existence of the bill was a rumor. Ms. Miller, an 8th-grade history teacher, voices her opinion. “I think it is very unfair because it is against everything they told the city.”

Throughout the protests, the police have gone to drastic measures to stop the protesters and have been accused of brutal violence. They have used multiple, harmful objects, including tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons. Although the police have used force, the protesters are fighting back. On July 1, a small group of protesters broke into the Legislative Council. They damaged several doors and windows and vandalized the building with spray paint.

Grace Lee, a seventh grade student, says that she believes police brutality is wrong. “The police are not supposed to attack [citizens] like a bunch of wild dogs.” 

Fortunately, tired out from the difficulties, the government withdrew the bill in September. Lam has apologized for proposing the bill though the protesters are now demanding her resignation.

Since March, the protesters have stood thick and thin for what they believe in. Now, they’re working to build a better Hong Kong.