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Hong Kong Protests
After weeks of demonstrations in the streets, protesters at the Hong Kong airport shut down the busy transportation hub for two days, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of flights. Yesterday, the protestors apologized for their increasingly confrontational tactics.
The pro-democracy protests began in June in reaction to an extradition bill. The bill would’ve allowed those facing trial in Hong Kong to be transported to mainland China.
In response to the protestors, China has threatened the use of force, and has begun amassing military troops and vehicles on the mainland near Hong Kong. Police and demonstrators have already clashed several times, with the police using tear gas and rubber bullets.
So, what next? As the protests stretch into their tenth consecutive week with no end in sight, many have opinions on the situation.
Let’s see what they have to say…
Refuse Hong Kong’s protesters everything, and they will fight to the bitter end
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