Hong Kong protests: A timeline of events

By Tatenda Marwodzi

February 2018 : Hongkong residents Amber Poon Hui-wing and boyfriend Chang Tong-kai travel to Taiwan on vacation. It is during this vacation that Chan murders his girlfriend and flees back to Hongkong. Chan is not charged as Hongkong has no jurisdiction in Taiwan.

February 2019: Hongkong proposes the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill, which allows Hongkong to obtain legal assistance from Taiwan and mainland China in cases concerning fugitives.

9 June 2019: Protests erupt in Hongkong. Residents fear legal assistance from mainland China will compromise Hongkong’s autonomy.

12 June 2019: Protesters clash with the police leading to casualties.

15 June 2019: Hongkong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam suspends the fugitive offenders bill.

16 June 2019: More civil unrest erupts as protesters demand that an investigation be made into the police brutality of the June 12 standoff. September 2019: The fugitive offenders bill is completely withdrawn.

October 2019: An Anti-mask law that prohibits the wearing of masks in public is introduced. More protests ensue.

November 2019: Anti-government protesters break into the Legislative Council Complex. Protesters also siege the Hongkong Polytechnic University.

Early 2020: The Covid-19 pandemic brings protests to a standstill.

May 2020: Mainland China announces a National Security Bill that provides measures to restrict demonstrations and foreign interference in Hingkong. Protests re-emerge.

June 2020: The US and UK propose sanctions on China businesses and individuals that are guilty of restricting Hongkong’s autonomy.

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