Relations between Hong Kong and the central government in Beijing have always been complicated. When Carrie Liam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, began supporting the Chinese government, mass protests grew. The fiercest protests were sparked in 2019 by an extradition law that allows the Hong Kong government to transfer wanted individuals to mainland China, where the death penalty is still imposed. Since then, the "one country, two systems" policy has not been up for debate. The mass protests and police brutality escalated to the point where local residents and journalists were seriously injured, some committed suicide out of desperation, and two people died in the events.