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Foreign media have reported widely on Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protests. Chinese media had censored the topic in the early days of the protests, but as the conflict escalated, the government allowed China’s media to report on the violence, chaos and radical protestors. In this article, students from mainland China who attend the University of Hong Kong, explain the tensions on campus among people with opposing views on the protests. Protest sympathizers, he claims, silence, bully and pressure students and faculty members who voice a pro-China stance. It’s a less publicized aspect of the movement. Meanwhile, it’s unsurprising that China’s censorship let this article pass.

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People in Hong Kong are protesting the 2019 Hong Kong extradition bill, which would allow HK authorities to extradite people to China. 

In February 2019, the Hong Kong government proposed a bill that would allow it to extradite people who are wanted in territories with which Hong Kong doesn’t have extradition agreements, including China and Taiwan. Opponents of the bill fear that the government may hand over not only mainland criminals who have escaped to Hong Kong, but political dissidents as well.

Demonstrations against the bill began in March 2019 and turned into mass protests in June 2019. Since then, they’ve escalated into episodes of violence and chaos in July and August. On July 1, 2019, a group of protesters forced its way into the legislative council of Hong Kong, breaking windows and vandalizing the chamber. On...

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This article was written by a group of Chinese mainlander students at the University of Hong Kong. They created the WeChat account He Yi Ming De to report on incidents at the University of Hong Kong, call for peaceful conversations and voice their opinions on the protests that have been silenced in other forums. 


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