The major demonstration that took place on June 16, 2019 will remain an unprecedented case in the history of protest, with a rather unparalleled degree of self-organization and pacifism.
This proved to be a pause and not a retreat. Although the Chinese government had postponed the extradition project sine die and refrained from a much-feared military intervention, the situation was nonetheless contradictory. The very use of the term extradition did not make much sense applied to a territory that is part of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Universal suffrage is what China has consistently fought throughout the negotiations with the United Kingdom, and which it has not allowed to flourish since 1997. By October 2019, a little-noticed mention in the CCP’s 4th Plenum resolution shows that the wheels were turning - a national security response was in the offing.