A proposed extradition law sparking violent protests at Hong Kong's airport would make it easier for China to persecute Hong Kong Christians, a religious freedom advocate told Baptist Press.
Christians, who comprise about 10 percent of Hong Kong residents, are participating in the protests while promoting peaceful resistance, said Gina Goh, International Christian Concern's regional manager for Southeast Asia.
Hong Kong is a nearly autonomous special administrative region of China with separate executive, legislative and judicial powers, operating under a "one country, two systems" model. Christians enjoy more freedoms in Hong Kong than in mainland China, Goh said, where the Communist Party has initiated intense religious persecution. The Fugitive Offenders Ordinance could erode freedoms in Hong Kong where, for example, Christians can gather without obtaining a permit as required in China....
The protesters are entirely right about this law from the executive council leadership of Hong Kong supporting extradition, but there are walking a tightrope, and the mainland government is not known for its tolerance.