Unpicking the politics of Hong Kong's protests

In 28 years, Hong Kong will lose its special status and become a part of China like any other. Young Hongkongers are protesting – specifically against an extradition law that would lengthen China’s reach, but generally to preserve their way of life as they know it

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
18th August, 2019
Protesters in the arrival hall of Hong Kong International Airport

The first thing that became apparent was the noise. It wasn’t angry and it was coherent. The chants were clear, but looking to engage the audience, not instil fear.

Who exactly led to the shutdown of Hong Kong International Airport on Monday is subject to conjecture. The Saturday two days prior, there was clearly no cause for such an issue to occur.

The protesters were there in their hundreds. They were polite, peaceful...

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