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This Happened

This Happened — June 16: Hong Kong Security Bill Protests

The Hong Kong security bill protests were a series of mass demonstrations and civil unrest in Hong Kong. The protests began on this day in 2019 and were sparked by a proposed extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial.

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Why did the Hong Kong security bill protests start?

The protests started due to concerns that the extradition bill could undermine Hong Kong's judicial independence and allow the Chinese government to target political dissidents. Critics argued that it could lead to the erosion of civil liberties and human rights protections.

How did the Hong Kong security bill protests unfold?

The protests initially involved peaceful demonstrations, but as the government refused to fully withdraw the bill, the movement escalated. Protesters organized marches, rallies, and strikes, while some resorted to more confrontational tactics, including clashes with the police. The protests became a broader movement demanding democratic reforms and protecting Hong Kong's autonomy.

What was the outcome of the Hong Kong security bill protests?

The protests had a significant impact on Hong Kong society and drew international attention for the relationship of the territory with mainland China.. They highlighted the deepening political divide in Hong Kong and the erosion of trust between the government and its citizens. While the extradition bill was eventually withdrawn in September 2019, the protests continued, with the movement evolving into a broader pro-democracy and anti-government movement.

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Migrant Lives

A Train Journey With Bengal Migrants Looking For A Living Far Away

Finding a seat on the Karmabhoomi Express is close to impossible. A closer look at why so many migrant workers travel on it, and out of Bengal, offers a grim picture.

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The Karmabhoomi Express runs from Kamakhya to Mumbai in a 3 day journey.

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Joydeep Sarkar

WEST BENGAL — Welcome aboard the 22512 Kamakhya-LTT Karmabhoomi Express — a metaphor, if any, of the acuteness of Bengal’s unemployment problem.

It is 10.28 pm at north Bengal’s Alipurduar Junction and the crowd has swollen to its peak. This is when the Karmabhoomi Express appears at the station. It is bound for Mumbai. Finding a seat on it is close to impossible. It is always chock full and there are always hundreds struggling to get a spot in the unreserved general compartment.

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