Monday, 23 September, 2019


Hong Kong government condemns foreign interference in protests

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Bennie Garza | 11 September, 2019, 03:32

The clashes followed an earlier peaceful march to the United States consulate.

In a statement late Sunday, the Hong Kong government said it has "regret" about the reintroduction of the act and "reiterates that foreign legislatures should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs of [Hong Kong]". Those who support USA involvement may be in the minority in the struggle for Hong Kong independence.

Hong Kong has been rocked by a summer of unrest triggered by a proposed law that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Millions have taken to Hong Kong's streets over the last 14 weeks in the biggest challenge to China's rule since the city's handover from Britain in 1997.

"The Chinese government is breaking their promises to give freedom and human rights to Hong Kong", said a 24-year-old protester in a red "Make America Great Again" hat.

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers took to the streets to petition the U.S. Congress to quickly pass the bill on September 8, which they feel would secure their basic rights which are under siege by the Hong Kong government and the Chinese Communist Party's encroachment.

Protesters, in a petition handed to the U.S. Consulate, urged that it be passed in full.

Riot police cleared roads and subway stations, fired tear gas and made arrests of black-clad protesters wearing masks and hardhats. Angry protesters smashed glass windows, sprayed graffiti and started a fire at one at the station's exits.

But anti-China campaigners seized on the opportunity and launched protests that soon turned violent, with rioters attacking the police and government buildings.

Eager to show that they are Hong Kong's real masters, the authorities in Beijing have denounced the protests and warned that they may have to intervene.

The protests, which took place in Hong Kong's central business district, were dispersed by police firing tear gas.

She lives in Shenzhen, a city across the border on the Chinese mainland but has not been seen at the protests since mid-August when she appeared in videos looking injured after clashes with police inside a subway station.

The US State Department said in a travel advisory Friday that Beijing has undertaken a propaganda campaign "falsely accusing the United States of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong". It said US citizens and embassy staff were targeted and urged them to exercise increased caution.

Protesters in Hong Kong are seeking permission for a large rally next Sunday and are also looking to get out a large crowd on October 1.

"Astonishingly, there are still people in Hong Kong society who are exceptionally tolerant towards violence and refuse to cut ties with the violent protesters", it said. Political analysts suggest his response was muted to avoid disrupting talks with China over their tariff war. Any use of China's military threatens to undermine the autonomy that underpins its special trading status with the US - a policy crucial to its economy.

Despite his age, Wong is a regular sight at Hong Kong's street battles, hobbling towards police lines, placing himself in between riot officers and hardcore protesters, hoping to de-escalate what have now become near daily clashes.

Wong, 22, was among multiple prominent democracy advocates who were detained late last month in a roundup by police as the semi-autonomous city reels from more than three months of unprecedented pro-democracy protests.

Previously, Hong Kong protestors called on President Donald Trump and the U.S.to support its fight against the Chinese government. He said he expected to be released Monday but called his overnight detention "utterly unreasonable". His prosecution comes after his release from prison in June for a two-month sentence related to the 2014 protests.

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