Full Record of Summer 2019 Extradition/Anti-Government Protests

In Education, Hong Kong & Taiwan by TechnoOwl

This is a public archive of information regarding the pro-democracy protests and riots that took place in Hong Kong starting in the summer of 2019. The purpose of this archive is to dispel the narratives of anti-Chinese media and organizations regarding these protests, and to expose the lies propagated by them, particularly regarding the reasons behind the protests, the alleged brutality of Hong Kong’s police force against what are said to be wholly peaceful protests, and the scale of said protests. Each bullet point below represents a unique incident, pertaining to either the violence perpetrated by protestors, evidence of foreign interference, pro-China rallies, or any other incident that some individuals would rather keep quiet about.
When this archive was first written, we tried to host it on Github, only for it to be shut down within a day of its conception without any explanation. After this experience of Microsoft’s interpretation of American “freedom of speech”, this repository was moved to alternative hosting websites. After being moved to Bitbucket, the wiki endured for several months before being inexplicably deleted by Atlassian once again, with any attempts to access the repository simply returning a ‘repository unavailable’ error. The rest of the website continued working as normal, including other repositories later created under the same account (which were later shut down as well), and all attempts to reach the moderators went unanswered.

This is The China Wiki’s copy of the database.

Table of Contents

  • Background and Reasons behind the Protests
  • Important Polls and Numbers
  • Acts of Violence and Disruption Committed by Protestors
  • Foreign Meddling and Involvement in the Protests
  • Pro-China Rallies and Demonstrations
  • Testimonies from Notable Persons
  • Debunking Fake News and False Rumours
  • Other Resources
  • Miscellaneous

Background and Reasons behind the Protests

Around February 13, 2018, 19 year-old Chan Tung-kai murdered his pregnant girlfriend, 20 year-old Poon Hiu-wing, in a Taiwanese hotel. After dumping her body in a suitcase outside the hotel, Chan returned to Hong Kong where he admitted to the crime. In October 2019, Chan wanted to return to Taiwan willingly, but was denied the possibility by Taiwan’s government, citing that ‘Hong Kong must press charges’ even though Hong Kong cannot do so without an extradition treaty.

However, due to the ‘One Country Two Systems’ principle of the PRC, extradition from Hong Kong to other parts of China was prohibited, meaning that there was no legal way to punish Chan. This drove Hong Kong’s authorities to pass a new bill, which which would remove the legal loophole of Hong Kong’s special status which prevents the extradition of criminals to other parts of China, including the mainland. Other analysts speculate that the more important reason for the Fugitive Amendment Bill could be China’s recent anti-corruption campaign – and that some of the protests are funded by corporate oligarchs who fear they might find themselves the target of anti-corruption crackdowns. The bill itself can be read here.

Most notably, the Fugitive Amendment Bill only allows extradition for crimes which are punishable by more than 3 years’ imprisonment in Hong Kong, (later changed to 7 years), with only a list of specific crimes being subject to extradition requests, and clearly specifies that Hong Kong’s courts would have the final say whether or not to proceed with any extradition request. The petition to push for the Fugitive Amendment Bill received over 700,000 signatures in less than two months, with each signature being given alongside the person’s name and ID.

The first demonstrations against the bill took place on March 31, 2019, and included several thousand attendees. Several more demonstrations were held with the largest of these being the 16 June march where police very roughly estimated 240,000 attendees and the annual July 1 march, which saw an attendance of about 265,000 people according to facial recognition software. Protest demands grew to include: withdrawing the extradition bill, rescinding the characterization of the protests as ‘riots’, discharging all arrested protestors, launching an independent inquiry to crack down on police misconduct, and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam. Although this should be an internal matter for China, many foreign politicians and whole governments, including AustraliaCanadaBritainSingapore, and other pro-western countries and NGO’s have been extremely vocal in backing the protestors.

On July 9, 2019, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam officially declared the extradition bill ‘dead’, indicating that it would no longer pass and that there would be no extradition treaty, though pro-western media have repeatedly pointed out that the bill was not formally withdrawn. Regardless, this gesture did little to placate future protests.

On September 4, the extradition bill was fully withdrawn bringing an end to what was the initial cause for the protests. Despite this seemingly massive concession, mainstream media would still try to spin the story in a negative light, with unsubtle implications that they are mere scraps compared to the concessions that should be made.

Important Polls and Numbers

Violence and Disruption Committed by Protestors

  • Murder and Attempted Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Use of IEDs and Other Explosives
  • Acid attacks
  • Petrol Bombs and Arson Used by Protestors
  • Protestors Attacking Police Officers
  • Assaults Against Citizens and Journalists
  • Vandalism and Sabotage
  • Illegal Detention, Threats, and Advocacy for Violence
  • Disruption of Traffic and Illegal Roadblocks
  • Assault on the Legislative Council Building
  • Shutting Down Hong Kong International Airport
  • Weapons Used by Rioters
  • Other Incidents

The purpose of this segment is not to portray the majority of protestors as violent or even disorderly – testimonies from locals and the escalation of violence as the scale of the protests diminish suggest that nearly all of the violence has been committed by an aggressive and fanatical minority. Rather, the goal is to prove the innocence of Hong Kong’s police force in light of accusations of totalitarian brutality, and why, contrary to the narratives of mainstream media and global establishment politicians, their use of force is not merely justified but necessitated.

Murder and Attempted Murder

This section covers incidents of violence and assaults which either led to the death of a victim, or attacks committed with the unambiguous intent to cause death.

As of late-November of 2019, a total of at least 2 people are confirmed to have been murdered by the actions of rioters.


This section highlights incidents which have led to the death of people due to the actions of rioters, but were not necessarily carried out with the intent to kill.

Use of IEDs and Other Explosives

This section covers the recorded use-cases of explosives which are more dangerous than ordinary petrol bombs, and could cause immediate and sudden death if detonated near a person.

Acid Attacks

This section covers known cases of individuals being attacked with confirmed acidic substances, which can lead to permanent disfigurement and mutilation, such as sulphuric acid.

Petrol Bombs and Arson used by Protestors

This section documents the many instances that we have found of rioters making bomb plots, throwing molotov cocktails, or using fire as a weapon. Most of these attacks are committed against police officers, but these instances are not mentioned again in the next section, as no incident is intentionally reported twice in this archive.

Protestors Attacking Police Officers

This section documents cases of violent attacks directed specifically against police and law enforcement personnel. It does not cover verbal threats regardless of how grevious they are, or any physical violence that was not intentionally started by protestors.

Assaults Against Citizens and Journalists

This section includes documented cases of non-law enforcement individuals being specifically targeted for assault. Most of these incidents are violent, and all but one is believed to have been initiated by the protestors. In all cases, the force applied by the protestors was vastly disproportionate and is evident of the worst cases of mob mentality.

Vandalism and Sabotage

This section documents recorded cases of vandalism against public and private property, as well as instances of sabotage of public infrastructure (ie. tampering with MTR rails) but does not include the siege of the Legislative Council building, which has its own section.

Illegal Detention Threats and Advocacy for Violence

This relatively short section documents known cases of illegal detention or extreme threats made on behalf of the protests.

Disruption of Traffic and Illegal Roadblocks

This section focuses on recorded instances of significant disruption of traffic or movement across the city made by protestors.

Assault on the Legislative Council Building

This incident, deemed significant enough to have its own section, documents incidents of vandalism and violence during the protestors’ assaults on the Legislative Council (parliament) building of Hong Kong.

Shutting Down Hong Kong International Airport

Around August 12, 2019, protestors staged a sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport and blocked the departure and arrival areas, delaying thousands of passengers and eventually forcing all flights to stop. In many cases protestors have repeatedly apologized for their disruption, but still refuse to let anyone board any aircraft as travellers argue with them in vain.

This section does not cover the events surrounding the lynching of a Chinese journalist at the airport, as that story was already covered in previous sections.

Weapons Used by Rioters

This section documents various weapons seen being used by rioters. It is relatively short as it does not include incidents of assault or vandalism done with weapons, which were posted in previous sections.

Other Incidents

This section includes other displays of violence or disorder made by the protestors, ranging from less severe clashes to intimidation tactics, to infuriating, albeit not overly harmful, displays.

Foreign Meddling and Involvement in the Protests


  • Political Funding from NGOs and Politicians
  • Meetings Held Between Pro-Independence Groups and Foreign Officials
  • Censorship From Social Media Platforms and State Organizations
  • Statements and Demonstrations Promoting Foreign Interference
  • Foreign Training and Material Backing

Political Funding from NGOs and Politicians

Meetings Held Between Pro-Independence Groups and Foreign Officials

Censorship From Social Media Platforms and State Organizations

Statements and Demonstrations Promoting Foreign Interference

Foreign Training and Material Backing

Pro-China Rallies and Demonstrations

Major Rallies/Demonstrations

Minor Rallies/Demonstrations

Testimonies from Notable Persons

The sentiment given from anti-Chinese media is that the entire world supports the Hong Kong protests. The collection of testimonies presented here, given by various politicians, human rights activists, celebrities, and other influential people, hailing from all corners of the world, is meant to contradict the aforementioned narrative.

Debunking Fake News and False Rumours

Other Resources

This section contains links to other detailed blogs, threads, and websites with a similar purpose as this one. Many of these sources have been used to obtain information for this page.

  • Hong Kong Riots 2019 – Written by a Hong Kong-based user, this twitter account began posting in late-September of 2019. As of 2019, the account has been very active and has posted descriptions and footage of many new incidents every day.

Truth-HK is another public archive documenting violence committed by the protestors. Like this repository, Truth-HK was created to be a voice countering the overwhelming amount of pro-riot propaganda.

  • HK-Protest – a regularly-updated website showing a series of videos displaying violence committed by the protestors, and ignored by mainstream media.
  • Jose Chang Twitter – A thread focused partly on the chaos in Hong Kong, with detailed accounts and information being posted from time to time.
  • Hidden Harmonies Blog – This blog has provided a miniature thread of violence, foreign meddling, and highly suspicious activity during the protests, as well as several opinion articles.