Eduardo Leal

Documentary Photographer
   
Hong Kong Protests
Location: Porto
Nationality: Portuguese
Biography: Eduardo Leal is a Portuguese documentary photographer usually based in Macau, China. Previously he worked for several years in South America. He graduated in Journalism at Escola Superior de Jornalismo (ESJ) and has a Masters in Photojournalism... MORE
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Hong Kong Protests
Copyright Eduardo Leal 2022
Date of Work Jun 2019 - Dec 2019
Updated Apr 2020
Location Hong Kong
Topics Confrontation, Documentary, Oppression, Photography, Photojournalism, Protests
Hong Kong was engulfed with months-long of protests due to an unpopular extradition bill to mainland China. Critics of this law feared that it could undermine the independence of the judicial system and endanger dissidents of Beijing’s regime.
Until 1997, the city was ruled as a British colony but was returned to China under an agreement known as “one country, two systems” that gave some degree of autonomy.
Starting with peaceful demonstrations amounting to two million people on the streets which eventually led to confrontations with the security forces. Even if later on the extradition bill was revoked,  the confronts, violence and division between the population continued and grew, taking this prosperous and peaceful city into an almost daily battlefield.
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