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For a Free Future! Young Hongkongers Rise Up

17-year-old Zack Ho should really be studying for his final exams. But Hong Kong’s future is so important to him that he's spending most of his time on the street -- protesting against a proposed extradition bill with hundreds of thousands of others.

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High school student Zack Ho is one of hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers taking to the streets to protest against a proposed extradition bill. It's highly controversial because it would increase Beijing's influence in the Special Administrative Region. Anyone who caused trouble here could be extradited to mainland China. Compared to the rest of China, Hong Kong has greater political autonomy and its residents enjoy more freedoms. And Zack Ho says things should stay that way. While the Hong Kong government has now put the extradition bill on hold and its leader, Carrie Lam, has even issued a public apology, the demonstrators still aren't satisfied. They're demanding that Lam resign and the extradition bill be withdrawn entirely. A report by Mathias Bölinger and Phoebe Kong.