Hong Kong tells USA to stay out; students form protest chains

Radical demonstrators set fire outside MTR Central station in south China's Hong Kong Sept. 8 2019

Demonstrators gathered near the US Consulate-General for a rally on the Hong Kong Human Rights Act now in the U.S. Congress.

The legislation, called the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, would also mandate that officials in China and Hong Kong who have undermined the city's autonomy are vulnerable to sanctions.

"We need global help to protect our human rights and stand up against the government for violating those rights in Hong Kong", he added.

"Hong Kong is at the forefront of the battle against the totalitarian regime of China", said Panzer Chan, one of the organizers of the march. Although he was subjected to a curfew and could not leave Hong Kong, the court had allowed him to make trips already planned before his arrest.

Policemen stand guard in the rain as protesters gather near the Legislative Council continuing protests against in Hong Kong. Beijing and the entirely state-controlled media have portrayed the protests as an effort by criminals to split the territory from China, backed by hostile foreigners.

At the Mong Kok police station, clashes took place for a third straight night.

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

Lo's position on the Hong Kong protests tends to fluctuate between peaceful protesters and the government.

The China Daily newspaper said Sunday's rally was proof foreign forces were behind the protests and warned demonstrators should "stop trying the patience of the central government". Police fired projectiles at an angry crowd that was shining laser beams, and several people were detained.

Despite Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997, the United States has dealt with Hong Kong as a separate entity distinct from the mainland in matters of economics and trade. It said US citizens and embassy staff were targeted and urged them to exercise increased caution.

The Chinese increased pursuit of authority and domestic oppression are the cause of the Hong Kong turmoil, he said. 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Three months of protests over a now withdrawn extradition bill have evolved into a broader backlash against the government and greater calls for democracy.

The protests are an embarrassment to China's ruling Communist Party ahead of the October 1 celebration of its 70th anniversary in power.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong is released from police custody after being arrested for allegedly breaching conditions of his bail.

On September 4, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, said members of the US Congress "look forward to swiftly advancing the bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act to reaffirm the US commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the face of Beijing's crackdown".

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.

Wong said he believes he would be freed on Monday.



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