Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Protesters plead with President Trump to "please liberate Hong Kong"

An 85-year-old volunteer known as Grandpa Wong holding up his walking stick to shield protesters from the police along with other Hong Kong protesters march to US consulate
Patty Aguilar | 12 September, 2019, 15:22

Thousands of demonstrators held a peaceful march Sunday to the U.S. Consulate to seek Washington's support, but violence erupted hours later in a business and retail district as protesters vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic, prompting police to fire tear gas.

The goal of the protest was to urge members of the United States Congress to support the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

Posting on Facebook from the tarmac, Mr Wong stated his goals for the trip, including advocating for a German version of the Hong Kong human rights democracy act, and stopping "the sale and export of weapons to the Hong Kong police".

The legislation also mandates that officials in China and Hong Kong who have undermined the city's autonomy are vulnerable to sanctions.

Many saw the extradition bill as a glaring example of the erosion of civil liberties and rights promised under a "one country, two systems" framework when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs in parliament's lower House of Commons, "And we will not issue any further export licenses for crowd control equipment to Hong Kong unless we are satisfied that concerns raised on human rights and fundamental freedoms have been thoroughly addressed", reports HKFP. SU student housing is not in the main areas of Hong Kong where the protests are, Pomerantz said. Beijing and the entirely state-controlled media have portrayed the protests as an effort by criminals to split the territory from China, backed by what it said were hostile foreigners.

Elsewhere, there were some incidents in Kowloon on Sunday night, including in Prince Edward, close to Mong Kok.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam formally scrapped the bill last week as part of concessions aimed at ending the protests.

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For example, Hong Kong doesn't face the tariffs that the United States is now imposing on Chinese imports. He said he was then detained in China until he was allowed to return to Hong Kong as mainland officers asked him to get a hard disc containing a customer list from his bookstore.

The U.S. 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". But the president has suggested that it's a matter for China to handle, though he also has said that no violence should be used.

Three months of protests over a now withdrawn extradition bill have evolved into a broader backlash against the government.

A huge banner that read "Do you trust the Communist Party?"

Separately, well-known Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong said in a statement through his lawyer that he was detained at the city's airport early Friday for breaching bail conditions.

Some students also showed up five minutes late to class to represent the five demands, which also include an amnesty for more than 1,000 arrested protesters, an end to the description of the protests as "riots", and fully democratic elections for the chief executive and for LegCo; something that Beijing ruled out on August 31, 2014, sparking the Umbrella movement for democratic reform.

"The United States continues to monitor events in Hong Kong", said a senior USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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