This has happened: The protests in Hong Kong
The world's eyes are on Hong Kong and the massive, violent protests that have been going on since June. It all started with a criticized bill. Now the protesters demand that the leader, Carrie Lam, resign from his post. Here are some of the biggest events that have shaken Hong Kong in recent weeks.
• May 11: A fight breaks out in Hong Kong's parliament. The background to the controversy is a bill that will make it easier for Hong Kong to extradite suspected criminals to mainland China. Several members are injured during the quarrel.
June 9: Protesters take to the streets of Hong Kong to protest the bill. Red painted placards with the text "No China Extradition" can be seen in the crowd. Opponents believe that the law will increase the risk of extradition, activists, journalists and entrepreneurs. Protesters and policemen gather outside the parliament building, reports AFP and Reuters. The following day, June 10, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says the law should be implemented.
Hong Kong's Beijing loyalist states that Carrie Lam has their support.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam during a press conference on July 9. Photo: AP / TT
• June 12: The protests continue. Thousands of protesters block highways to the government headquarters and riots ensue.
"There is information about rubber shots against protesters and there is tear gas over the area," says SVT's Asia correspondent Ulrika Bergsten on location in Hong Kong.
• June 14: Artists in Hong Kong join the protests. Several galleries and museums are closed to show their solidarity with the demonstration. It reports Art magazine Pacific Asia Pacific. On June 15, Carrie Lam announces that the bill will be postponed - indefinitely. The protests continue and resignation demands are directed at the leader.
One of several demonstrations that took place in Hong Kong. The picture is from June 17, when thousands of protesters took to the streets. Photo: AP / TT
• June 21: Further protests. This time, protesters besieged the Hong Kong police headquarters.
• July 1: Protesters forcefully enter parliament. This is in connection with the anniversary of Hong Kong's transfer from the UK to China. The police respond with tear gas.
During the evening, around 10,000 protesters surround the government block, wearing yellow helmets. Some are even entering the legislative council's chambers. Hong Kong police condemn the violent protests, reports The Guardian. 54 people have been injured, according to the South China Morning Post.
• July 7: Kravall Police raises protesting youths in Hong Kong's tourist district.
“This is a deep crisis for the local government, and threatens governance. A few weeks ago, two million people were out and demonstrating on the streets, despite the fact that the law has been paused, "says Stefan Åsberg, SVT's emailed reporter on the spot.
• July 9: "The bill is dead," says Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam. She says at the same time that the attempt to introduce the law change was a "complete failure", writes TT.
• July 14: 30 people injured during protests that degenerate in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. Protesters throw objects, traffic cones and bottles at police as they try to intervene. Opposition legislator Eddie Chu Hoi-Dick urges police not to use force.
• July 17: Thousands of retirees, middle-aged and older march to show support for Hong Kong's young population. Dressed in white tops and black trousers, they also criticize the alleged police brutality. Four days later, tens of thousands of people demonstrate through the city's business district. Later on Sunday night, dozens of protesters were attacked at a subway station in Yuen Long. 45 people are taken to hospital and at least one person is seriously injured. The following day, many of the neighborhood's stores closed earlier, due to Sunday's attacks.
The stores in the northern district of Yuen Long in Hong Kong closed early on Monday, July 22, following the weekend's massive demonstrations and attacks on the subway. Photo: Tyrone Siu / Reuters / TT
• July 24: Beijing acts and announces that China is ready to join the military in Hong Kong, at the request of the city government.
• July 26: Hundreds of Hong Kong residents demonstrate at the city's airport. They demand that the government pay attention to the violent attacks on protesters in the Yuen Long district. At the same time, the police banned Saturday's planned demonstrations in Yuen Long, which is not followed. Police respond with tear gas and rubber bullets.
• July 29: During an unusual press conference, the Chinese government expresses its full support for the Hong Kong police. The government also blames the "irresponsible people" in countries in the west, which they believe wants to create problems in Hong Kong.
• July 30: Hundreds of protesters block several lines of public transport during the morning rush hour. Entrances to commuter trains are blocked and morning commuters are forced to get out of the stations.