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Hong Kong Protests Against Extradition Bill Gain International Traction, Including In Los Angeles




Police officers charge toward protesters after a rally against the extradition law proposal at the Central Government Complex on June 10, 2019 in Hong Kong China
Police officers charge toward protesters after a rally against the extradition law proposal at the Central Government Complex on June 10, 2019 in Hong Kong China
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On Sunday, more than one million people took part in demonstrations against a proposed bill that would allow extradition to mainland China, making this one of the largest protests in Hong Kong’s history.

Protestors fear that if passed, the law could allow Chinese authorities to target political opponents in the territory and allow suspected criminals to be sent to China for trial.

Through social media and word of mouth, the demonstrations gained momentum internationally as word spread that a massive protest would take place in Hong Kong.

Twenty-nine cities around the world marched in solidarity with Hong Kong, including Los Angeles, which drew about 1,000 people at Grand Park on Sunday.

Larry sits down with one of the organizers of the Los Angeles demonstration to discuss what made this a significant issue for not just those living in Hong Kong or the diaspora, but also to non-affiliated members of the public.

Guest:

Gabriel Law, spokesperson for Hong Kong Forum Los Angeles, a non-profit that promotes democratic development in Hong Kong and China; he is originally from Hong Kong and was one of the organizers of the protests in Los Angeles’ Grand Park on Sunday