A Hong Kong Bookseller Confronts Beijing

Jun 18, 2016 | 23:17 GMT
A Hong Kong Bookseller Confronts Beijing
Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee (center-left) accused Beijing of kidnapping him, bringing thousands onto the streets in protest.
(Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

Protesters in Hong Kong are once again back on the streets, directing their ire at Beijing. This time, demonstrations were sparked by the detention of bookseller Lam Wing-kee, apprehended by mainland authorities last year in connection with the distribution of subversive literature. On June 18, Lam led a 6 kilometer (4 mile) march from Causeway Bay to the Central Government Liaison Office, drawing a following of 4,000 to 6,000 people. The numbers are a significant uptick from the tiny June 17 rally in front of the Hong Kong Liaison Office, involving around 100 people. The popularity of the rally could be attributed to Lam's alleged detention, which confirms for many the suspicion in Hong Kong that Beijing is targeting numerous booksellers for secret rendition -- in violation of the One Country, Two Systems setup. ...

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