A democracy activist describes how the demonstrations got underway and where they go from here.
As China marked the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule this past week with a huge military parade and fireworks, demonstrators in Hong Kong continued their street protests, demanding greater democracy. Hong Kong police fired live ammunition for the first time, wounding a protestor in the chest.
The protests began in late March over an extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kongers to be sent to China for trial. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam eventually withdrew the bill, but the demonstrations have continued.
Though the protests have no one clear leader, several groups have been at the forefront, including the pro-democracy Civil Human Rights Front. Bonnie Leung, a former leader of that group, is our guest this week on First Person.
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