Hong Kong Extradition Law Protest: What Is Extradition Law? And Why Hong Kong People Get Furious Over The Amendment?

What Is Extradition Law

On Sunday, roughly 2 million people demonstrated in Hong Kong against amendments to an extradition law that would allow a person arrested in Hong Kong to face trial elsewhere. Why Hong Kong people get furious over the amendment?

This is the intermediate version of the news about the protest. Here we will cover more words related to politics, mixed with some daily-life words, so as to help you transition from the beginner level. The grammar part is not complex, the politic-related vocabularies may make the article a little bit difficult. If so, try read the beginner article for the protest, or if you still feel that this article is easy, try to read the advanced one.


简而言之,《引渡条例》修改能允许香港送逃犯到别的地方去。目前,香港的逃犯条例只能送逃犯到20个国家,不包括中国大陆,澳门,和台湾。如果这条例修改成功,那这个限制就没有了。


《引渡条例》的修改对香港人来说非常恐怖,因为如果条例修改成功,会允许在香港被捕的人被送到中国大陆受审。在香港人看来,这是一个重大政策转变。


香港1997年移交中国大陆之后,《基本法》是香港人法律的基石。但是,北京政府一直加大在香港的影响。北京多次批评香港反北京中央政府、要求民主、和抗议示威传统。


习近平执政之后,中国政府进一步加强打压异见。有悠久的抗议示威传统、广大的民运群众的香港也会成为目标。香港人感觉,最近的「北京压力」越来越大,而《基本法》被一步步侵蚀,削弱。


这次的反《引渡条例》抗议示威,也可以说是香港人对自由受侵蚀的担忧、对北京干涉的愤怒、对港府缺乏作为的不满进一步上升的表现。



簡而言之,《引渡條例》修改能允許香港送逃犯到別的地方去。目前,香港的逃犯條例只能送逃犯到20個國家,不包括中國大陸,澳門,和臺灣。如果這條例修改成功,那這個限制就沒有了。


《引渡條例》的修改對香港人來說非常恐怖,因為如果條例修改成功,會允許在香港被捕的人被送到中國大陸受審。在香港人看來,這是一個重大政策轉變。


香港1997年移交中國大陸之後,《基本法》是香港人法律的基石。但是,北京政府一直加大在香港的影響。北京多次批評香港反北京中央政府、要求民主、和抗議示威傳統。


習近平執政之後,中國政府進一步加強打壓異見。有悠久的抗議示威傳統、廣大的民運群眾的香港也會成為目標。香港人感覺,最近的「北京壓力」越來越大,而《基本法》被一步步侵蝕,削弱。


這次的反《引渡條例》抗議示威,也可以說是香港人對自由受侵蝕的擔憂、對北京干涉的憤怒、對港府缺乏作為的不滿進一步上升的表現。


English translation:

In short, this amendment to the "Extradition Law" allows Hong Kong to send escaped criminals to other places. At present, Hong Kong's Extradition Law can only send fugitives to 20 countries, excluding Mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan. If this regulation is successfully modified, then this restriction will be gone.

The amendment of the "Extradition Law" is very terrifying for Hong Kong people, because if the regulations are successfully amended, those arrested in Hong Kong will be allowed to be sent to Mainland China for trial. In the eyes of Hong Kong people, this is a major policy shift.

After Hong Kong was handed over to mainland China in 1997, the Basic Law was the cornerstone of Hong Kong law. However, the Beijing government has been increasing its influence in Hong Kong. Beijing has repeatedly criticized Hong Kong for its anti-Beijing central government, demanding democracy, and the tradition of protest demonstrations.

After Xi Jinping took office, the Chinese government further strengthened its suppression on different opinions. Hong Kong, which has a long tradition of protest demonstrations and a large number of pro-democracy people, will also become a target. Hong Kong people feel that the recent "Beijing pressure" is getting bigger and bigger, and the Basic Law has been gradually eroded and weakened.

The protest against the "Extradition Law" this time can also be said to be a scaled-up expression of Hong Kong people's fear of the erosion of freedom, anger against Beijing's interference, and dissatisfaction with the government's lack of action.


The article is rewritten from here to suit the level of readers. The photo is taken from here.  

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