It has been more than three years since the first anti-extradition movement protest took place in Hong Kong in 2019. During this time, the Hong Kong government has repeatedly arrested people joining the movement.
In early June 2019, millions of Hong Kong people, for the first time, took to the streets to protest against the bill to extradite people living on this island to China for trial.
The fierceness of the Hong Kong people forced the authorities to withdraw a bill that aimed to suppress those who opposed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
RFA, citing figures from the Hong Kong government, said that as of August 31, 12,000 people had been arrested in connection with the anti-extradition movement.
Of those arrested, nearly 2,900 have been prosecuted, including more than 500 minors. More than 2,000 arrested people’s records have been completed to bring to trial. Eight adults, and 353 people under the age of 18, were sentenced to a maximum sentence of five and a half years in prison.
After Hong Kong’s government withdrew the extradition bill, the CCP immediately passed the National Security Law with harsh provisions to strip people of human rights in the special administrative region.
So far, 230 people have been arrested for violating the National Security Law. Of those, nearly 140 have been prosecuted, with more than 30 having been convicted.
The Hong Kong Security Bureau announced that those convicted would be ideologically and psychologically educated and reorganized.
Zhou Yongkang, Chairman of the Hong Kong Democracy Committee, said that the Hong Kong government had completely copied the CCP’s system for Hong Kong in an attempt to brainwash youth on the self-governing island.