Unrest In Hong Kong And Iran

Grind for June 12th
“People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.”

– Bob Dylan

Not Fair

The Headline

In Hong Kong: massive protest against extradition bill

The Grind

Hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of Hong Kong this weekend to protest a government proposal to allow the transfer of fugitives from Hong Kong to mainland China, Taiwan, and Macau.

The bill amends current laws to allow case-by-case extraditions of criminal suspects to regions with which Hong Kong has no formal agreement.

The proposal was introduced following Taiwan’s failure to extradite Chan Tong-kai, a Hong Kong resident who murdered his girlfriend while they were vacationing in Taiwan.

Because Hong Kong lacks an extradition agreement with Taiwan, Chan can’t be sent there to face a murder trial.

The Details

Critics worry the bill will enable Beijing to prosecute dissidents and political opponents, but government officials say the bill includes protections to prevent individuals facing religious or political persecution from being sent to China.

“We believe the proposed legislation would irreparably damage Hong Kong’s cherished autonomy and protections for human rights by allowing the Chinese government to request extradition of business persons, journalists, rights advocates, and political activists residing in Hong Kong,” wrote US lawmakers in a letter to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam.

Hong Kong has maintained its own legal and political systems since 1997, when it was returned to China from Britain.

Breaking The Law

The Headline

In Iran: hundreds of restaurants shut down for playing illegal music

The Grind

Hundreds of restaurants and cafes in Tehran were shut down this month for their failure to observe Islamic principles. Violations included: “playing illegal music,” “unconventional advertising in cyberspace,” and “debauchery.”

According to police, 547 businesses were closed and 11 offenders were arrested. “Observing Islamic principles is…one of the police’s main missions and responsibilities,” said Tehran’s police chief, Hossein Rahimi.

The Details

On Saturday, officials urged residents to report all instances of immoral behavior.

Examples include:

— Removing hijab in cars

— Hosting co-ed dance parties

— Posting immoral content on social media

According to Islamic law, women must dress conservatively in public and are forbidden from showing anything except their face, hands, and feet.

Women cannot wear hats, tight clothing, swim suits, boots, or leggings and are banned from riding bicycles, entering coffee shops, watching men’s sports, drinking alcohol, dancing, gambling, and having pets.

Women are not allowed to touch, socialize with, or date men.

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