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Q2: Why did more than a million people in Hong Kong take to the streets to protest the amendments to Hong Kong's Fugitive Offenders Ordinance?

A: The June 9th protest against the amendments was the first time since the Tiananmen Square Incident where over a million people in Hong Kong took to the streets. The protest attracted far more than the 500,000 people who protested against the legislation of Article 23 of the Basic Law in 2003. It is also the biggest protest in Hong Kong since it was handed over to mainland China. The protest was prompted mainly by the fact that the amendments to Hong Kong's Fugitive Offenders Ordinance will open the door for "extradition to China." The people of Hong Kong generally distrust the Mainland due to its abominable human rights records and judicial system. They worry that freedom, human rights, and other core values will be persecuted and that "one country, two systems" will perish.