Hong Kong Senate clash on extradition

Hong Kong Senate clash over extradition law

Fighting erupted in Hong Kong’s legislature today over proposed changes to the law allowing suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Tensions boiled over with politicians swearing and jumping over tables in the chamber amid a crowd of reporters. Several lawmakers were injured in the clashes and one was taken to hospital.

Critics believe the proposed switch to the extradition law would erode Hong Kong’s freedoms. But authorities say they need to make the change so they can extradite a murder suspect to Taiwan.

Under a policy known as “One Country, Two Systems”, Hong Kong has a separate legal system.

Beijing regained control over the former British colony in 1997 on the condition it would allow the territory a high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defence affairs for 50 years.

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