Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protest Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize: The US Senator Marco Rubio and Representative James McGovern nominated the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement for Nobel Peace Prize 2020.
Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protest Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize Committee was sent a letter by the co-chair and chair of Congressional-Executive Commission on China. For the city’s “impressively organized and coherent, yet notably leaderless and flexible” protest movement. They said that the prize will honour “millions of people in Hong Kong whose bravery and determination have inspired the world.”
2019-20 Hong Kong Protests:
The Fugitive Offenders amendment bill by the Hong Kong Government triggered the protests. The bill would have allowed the banishment of criminal fugitives. The protesters laid out five key demands. Withdrawal of the bill, the release of the arrested protesters, an investigation into alleged police brutality, retraction of the official characterization of the protests as riots and Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s resignation along with the introduction of universal suffrage for the election of the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive.
On 9th June 2019 despite the protests, the government proceeded with the bill. To stall the second reading of the bill on 12th June 2019, protesters gathered outside the Legislative Council Complex. On 16th June, a day after the suspension of the bill an even greater protest took place. On 1st July 2019, the Legislative Council Complex was stormed.
Lam refused to withdraw the bill until 4th September 2019. But she refused to accept the four other terms. On the 1st October 2019, the National Day, large – scale protests took place.
The deaths of students Chan Yin-lam in September and Chow Tsz-lok in November, as well as the shooting of an unarmed 21- year old protester in November, further intensified the protests. Protesters had also briefly occupied university campuses to block key thoroughfares. The police reacted by besieging the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Hong Kong Polytechnic University PolyU) which resulted in a large number of injuries and arrests.