Hong Kong Protestors Collide With NBA Opening Night Party

Anika Patchala, Writer

The Anti-ELAB, or more commonly known as the 2019 Hong Kong Protests have left over 2000 injured and eight suicides.  These ongoing protests began to oppose the initiation of the Fugitive Offenders Bill propounded by the Hong Kong government.

Why did they begin? 

The 2019 Hong Kong Protests began on March 31, 2019 and continue to deteriorate.  Their main purpose was to object to propositions of extradition to mainland China. Protestors argued that this bill would lead to unfair trials and treatment for citizens of Hong Kong. They believed the bill would provide China with greater influence over Hong Kong and allow bigger targets on reporters and activists.

After many protests over a couple of weeks, Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong suspended the bill. However, violence continued because protestors feared the bill would return and therefore demanded complete withdrawal of the bill. When the bill was withdrawn in September, protestors claimed it was “too little, too late.”

Five Demands of Protesters:                                                                         

1.) Protesters not to be characterized as a “riot”

2.) Liberty for arrested protectors

3.) An independent inquiry into alleged police brutality

4.) Execution of complete universal suffrage

5.) Complete withdrawal of the extradition bill

October 1: China celebrates Communist Party’s 70th anniversary

  • Violent & Chaotic Day
  • More than 18o people arrested
  • 18 year old man shot by Police
  • Protesters fought with officers using petrol bombs

Protesters Crash NBA Opening Night Party

  • Toronto Raptors prepared to keep championship title against New Orleans Pelicans
  • Raptors gifted t-shirts to the crowd (gold Raptor with replica championship rings)
  • Protesters handed out black t-shirts that said “The North Stand With Hong Kong”