A political crisis with no obvious endgame
Since June 2019, Hong Kong has seen months of non-stop unrest which shows no sign of stopping. Protests began in June when millions came out to oppose a controversial bill that would have allowed extradition from Hong Kong to China. Carrie Lam, the city’s leader, has shelved the bill, but the protests have morphed into something bigger. Many are now calling for greater democracy and an inquiry into allegations of policy brutality.
As the protests have continued, they have grown more violent and disruptive, posing a challenge to the city’s government and Beijing not seen since Hong Kong was handed over from British to Chinese rule in 1997. While Hong Kong remains safe on the whole, those inside the city still worry about where this all leads and if there is an end in sight.