Insight: Why Hong Kong is protesting – Five demands

Why Hong Kong is protesting

Hong Kong is facing a major political crisis as it heads into a 10th week of mass demonstrations. What started as a movement against a controversial law has expanded into something much bigger.

Protests began in March, but they kicked off in earnest in June. They were sparked by widespread opposition to a now-shelved extradition bill, but have since expanded to demands for full democracy and police accountability.

As the protest movement is leaderless, not everyone has the same goals in mind. But in general, five main demands have emerged:

1. Withdraw the bill
2. For leader Carrie Lam to step down

Later demands:
3. An inquiry into police brutality
4. For those who have been arrested to be released
5. Greater democratic freedoms.

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