This extradition bill is the continuation of the curtailing of civil liberties and restrictions to political groups in Hong Kong and the same reason for the earlier Yellow Umbrella protests, or Umbrella Revolution. The Umbrella movement campaigned against perceived infringements on Hong Kong's Basic Law, designating Hong Kong as a Special Administrative Region as agreed between China and the UK in 1984. British-Chinese diplomacy should not be viewed as resolved or void regarding the situation in Hong Kong, as these wide-scale protest movements stem directly from this divergence of position between Mainland China, Hong Kong and indeed the United Kingdom.
On the 9th July 2019 HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam pronounced the extradition bill dead calling it a total failure, however protests have continued against policing and press limitations. But issues still remain whether the bill will be withdraw or not, and protest have meanwhile descended into violence as Beijing has seemingly hired gangs to physically abuse protesters. The question now is not what will happen with the protests but what will happen to core values in Hong Kong, and how the government will move on issues such as rule of law, an independent judiciary, free press, impartial police, and a neutral civil service. More should be done by the UK and the international community at large in a direct attempt to diplomatically curb the mainland government's aggressive attitude to both legal matters and civil disobedience in Hong Kong.