Hong Kong Closes Government Buildings for the Rest of the Week due to Riots
The Hong Kong authorities closed the government buildings in the financial district for the rest of the week due to the riots in the region.
The financial district is located in the centre of Hong Kong. Many international companies have a branch there. Whether they will also be closed is not yet known.
In Hong Kong, riots broke out this week due to a new extradition law that makes it easier for the government to deport people to China.
After tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets, the police intervened hard. For example, shooting was done with rubber bullets, and smoke and tear gas bombs were thrown. The police also sprayed pepper spray on the demonstrators.
The proposed law is controversial because Hong Kong is a particular administrative region within China. The region was officially transferred to China in 1997 by the United Kingdom. Among other things, an agreement protected the legal system and freedom of the press in Hong Kong.
The people’s representation, the majority of which are in the hands of proponents of the Chinese government, has postponed the debate on extradition law because of the chaos.