. For decades, Beijing has been lobbying Taiwan Illustrator Artwork to accept the "one country, two systems" model in order to push for "peaceful reunification" with the island. Taiwan has consistently rejected the plan, with President Tsai wen saying in 2020 that they would "unswervingly" reject "one country, two systems." In 2014, during Leung Chun-ying tenure as chief executive, Hong Kong experienced its largest rally at the time. 4n74sr49qaevoxtlvcv6dkjua43t72 Photo Credit: Reuters / Image Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement Beijing's decision to impose restrictions on the general election of the chief executive has sparked public outrage.
Many in Hong Kong see this as a betrayal of China's previous commitment to direct elections. Tens of thousands of people occupied the heart of the city for weeks in what became known as the "Occupy Central" movement, intensified by police use of tear gas to disperse demonstrators. "It's not easy to solve this problem," Leung said. But he added that Occupy Central was "far less serious" than what his successor, Carrie Lam, faced in 2019.
A bill at the time allowing the extradition of fugitives to mainland China sparked mass demonstrations and violent clashes with police. This in turn led to the introduction of a national security law for Hong Kong in 2020, giving Hong Kong leaders the power to comprehensively suppress dissent and any behavior that is seen as undermining Beijing's authority. Leung Chun- supports this legislation. Some critics say the law marks the "end of Hong Kong" and violates the promise of the Basic Law. Leung described the 2019 clashes between police and demonstrators as "riots" and said the National Security Law was "completely justified", referring to people "throwing Molotov cocktails at police stations". "Like any other society, freedom is limited," he said, adding that freedom of speech is only acceptable "within the limits of the law." In 2019,