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Hong Kongers win fight to preserve rights and freedoms with anti-extradition Bill protests - for now

Hong Kongers have won a sizeable victory in their endeavour to protect their civil liberties and political freedoms over the past fortnight.

Not only has the Hong Kong government backed down on an extradition Bill so strongly opposed by them - more than one million residents turned out at a rally on June 9, and some twice that number last Sunday - but the government has also taken off from the current agenda of the Legislative Council (Legco) the second reading of the National Anthem Bill that, if passed, would make it an offence to show disrespect to China's national anthem, punishable by a fine of up to HK$50,000 (S$8,700) or jail term of up to three years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2019, with the headline 'Hong Kongers win fight to preserve their rights and freedoms - for now'. Subscribe