In this episode, Dave and Grahm talk with Leo Weese, president of the Hong Kong Bitcoin Association, about the anti-extradition bill protests that have been escalating there over the past week. Weese explains why Hong Kong isn’t already under mainland China’s rule and describes how serious of an infringement this bill could be on the rights of the citizens of Hong Kong and foreign nationals passing through the city. He also gives tips for safe and private communication and provides details on how Bitcoin is regulated in Hong Kong.
After this interview was published, the prime minister of Hong Kong suspended the extradition bill. However, protests continued and on June 16, 2019, more than 2 million people came out in what — if confirmed — might have been the largest full-scale protest in the city’s history.
Hong Kong’s Leader, Yielding to Protests, Suspends Extradition Bill
Fugitive Offender and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019
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