Protests over a proposed extradition law really kicked off in June -- but the bill has been in the works for a while.
The government says the bill will plug loopholes in existing laws by allowing Hong Kong to decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not to send fugitives to territories where it doesn't have formal extradition deals -- such as Taiwan, Macau and mainland China.
But critics warn it could leave anyone on Hong Kong soil vulnerable to being grabbed by Chinese authorities for political reasons or inadvertent business offenses, which could undermine rule of law in the city.
Here's a timeline of Hong Kong's extradition bill:
- February 13: Government first proposes the extradition bill, citing a murder case in Taiwan where the suspect was a Hongkonger.
- April 3: First reading of the extradition bill.
- April 28: Tens of thousands of people protest against the bill, making it one of the biggest demonstrations in years.
- May 11: Hong Kong lawmakers scuffle in parliament during discussion of the bill.
- June 12: On the day of the extradition bill’s second reading, protesters block the government buildings and occupy the streets. The second reading is postponed.
- June 15: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspends the controversial bill.