Hong Kong protests

By Susan Owensby - RFI
Asia Hong Kong protests
SEP 7, 2019 LISTEN

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This week's quiz: On 6 July, I asked you a question about the semi-autonomous territory of Hong Kong, which had already made headline news for about a month because of huge protest demonstrations. The original reason for the citizens anger was a piece of legislation which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam eventually said the legislation was “dead”, but during a peaceful demonstration on 1 July a core group of protesters broke into the Legislative Council complex and occupied the building. They were dispersed by the riot police after about three hours.

Just this week, Carrie Lam formally withdrew the extradition legislation. But the demonstrations continue, and those involved say they will not stop until their other demands are met. Those demands are: an independent inquiry into police behaviour, amnesty for those arrested, and direct elections for all lawmakers and the chief executive.

My question to you on 6 July was: Why are there protests on 1 July every year in Hong Kong? You were to tell me what happened, and in which year, on 1 July, which led to yearly demonstrations in Hong Kong.

The answer is: A pro-democracy protest has been held in Hong Kong annually on 1 July, the anniversary of when the territory was returned to China from Britain in 1997.

The winners this week are: Rabeya Begam, a member of the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh, and RFI Listeners Club members Richard Wasajja from Kampala, Uganda; Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada, and Michael Cunningham from Brisbane, Australia. Last but not least: Waheed Nobi from Rangpur, Bangladesh.

Congratulations winners!

Here's the music you heard on this week's program: Beethoven: "Tempo di minuetto" from the Septet in E flat major, op.20,performed by soloists from the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “As It Were” by Mike Garson, and “Beautiful Tango” written and performed by Hindi Zahra.

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Susan Owensby

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