Large-scale protests in Hong Kong started nearly three months ago, spurred by the introduction of a bill that would have allowed extradition of criminal suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China. Since then, protester objections have broadened in scope; they’re now focused on protecting the rule of law and Hong Kong’s autonomy, establishing an independent commission to examine police violence against demonstrators, and pressing for renewed progress toward democracy.
Lawyer and political scientist Jacques deLisle, director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania, has been closely following the events of the past 10 weeks. Penn Today asked him about the latest news from Hong Kong, how it might end, and why this time it could be different from similar clashes.
Jacques deLisle is the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law at Penn Law and a professor in the Department of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also director of Penn’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China and director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.