Factbox: What's next for Hong Kong's protest movement

Factbox: What's next for Hong Kong's protest movement

Police officers detain an anti-government protester in Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Police officers detain an anti-government protester in Sha Tin, Hong Kong on Sep 22, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Jorge Silva)

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's government is expected to discuss sweeping emergency laws on Friday (Oct 4) that would include banning face masks at protests, two sources told Reuters, an unprecedented move to ease months of violent unrest in the Chinese-ruled city.

Following are the key dates in Hong Kong's protest movement and the most recent developments.

WHAT'S COMING UP

Oct 4 - The government of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is expected to discuss emergency laws that would allow it to ban face masks at protests, among other measures.

READ: Hong Kong to introduce anti-mask law, effective midnight: Reports

Rallies are planned across the city to protest against any moves by the government to invoke emergency laws.

Oct 5 - Anti-mask rally and march from the shopping district of Causeway Bay to Chater Garden close to government headquarters.

Protesters also plan an early Halloween celebration in the shopping and tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui, inviting people to gather wearing masks.

HOW DID WE GET HERE

Oct 1 - Police shoot a teenage protester, the first to be hit by live ammunition in almost four months of unrest in the Chinese-ruled city, amid violent clashes on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.

Sep 26 - Protesters trap city leader Carrie Lam in a stadium for hours after she holds her first "open dialogue" with the people in a bid to end months of protests.

Sep 22 - In the latest of months of protests, Hong Kong police fire tear gas to break up demonstrators who trashed fittings at a railway station and shopping mall.

READ: Officer feared for his life, say Hong Kong police in defending shooting of protester

Sep 17 - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam pledges to hold talks with the community to try to ease tensions.

Sep 8 - Security forces fire tear gas to disperse protesters in upmarket Causeway Bay shopping district.

Sep 7 - Police fire tear gas for a second consecutive night after fending off airport protests.

Sep 4 - Lam announces formal withdrawal of controversial extradition Bill. Critics say it is too little, too late.

Sep 1 - Hong Kong commercial centres paralysed as protesters and police exchange petrol bombs and tear gas.

Aug 12 - Hong Kong's international airport grinds to a halt as protesters target terminals. China likens protests to terrorism.

Aug 10 - Police fire volleys of tear gas to disperse protesters, sending tourists fleeing.

tai wai tear gas august 10 hong kong
Protesters throw back tear gas canisters fired by the police in Tai Wai in the New Territories of Hong Kong on Aug 10, 2019. (Photo: AFP / Manan VATSYAYANA)

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Aug 2 - Thousands of civil servants join anti-government protests, defying a warning from authorities to remain politically neutral.

Jul 21 - Police fire rubber bullets and tear gas as demonstrations descend into chaos and protesters target Beijing's representative office in city.

Jul 14 - Clashes break out as tens of thousands of protesters escalate fight in suburbs.

READ: Hong Kong protests may have crossed the point of no return, a commentary

Jul 9 - Lam says extradition Bill is "dead". Critics are not convinced.

Jul 1 - Hong Kong protesters smash up The Hong Kong legislative building, marking a direct challenge to Beijing.

Jun 21 - Black-clad, anti-extradition protesters flood streets of Hong Kong.

Thousands of protesters dressed in black rallied against Hong Kong's government
Thousands of protesters dressed in black rallied against Hong Kong's government (Photo: AFP/Dale DE LA REY)

Jun 15 - Bowing to pressure, Lam suspends extradition Bill.

Jun 12 - Hong Kong police fire rubber bullets as peaceful protests turn to chaos.

Jun 9 - Hundreds of thousands rally in fresh wave of protests against the extradition Bill.

May 11 - Scuffles break out in Hong Kong legislature between pro-democracy lawmakers and those loyal to Beijing.

Apr 28 - Tens of thousands take to the streets to protest against extradition Bill.

Demonstrators march during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill
Demonstrators march during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition Bill in Hong Kong on Apr 28, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

Apr 3 - Hong Kong launches new extradition law despite opposition.

Mar 31 - Thousands march against proposed extradition Bill, fearing an erosion of personal freedoms and the city's status as an international business hub.

February 2019 - Hong Kong government announces it is considering a Bill that would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.

MORE: Our coverage of the Hong Kong protests

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Source: Reuters/jt

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