China sanctions U.S. over Hong Kong unrest

Protesters march to up pressure on Hong Kong government

While China has in the past suspended visits by US military ships and aircraft, sanctioning NGOs, especially those with connections to the USA government, would bring conditions for civil society in Hong Kong significantly closer to those in mainland China.

A pro-democracy protester shouts after being detained by policemen during a rally in Hong Kong, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019.

Earlier marches Sunday appealed to President Donald Trump for help and demanded that police stop using tear gas.

"The government wants us to desert the front-liners and young protesters, but we will stick with them", rally organizer Tam Kwok-sun, 64, said to loud cheers from the crowd.

China has long accused foreign groups and governments of fomenting the 6-month-old demonstrations in Hong Kong, singling out the USA, former colonial overlord Britain, and democratic, self-governing Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary.

Some citizens, including one elderly person, were seen lying unconscious on the ground, while others were shown surrounding police vehicles and shouting: "Protest!"

Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke, reporting from the third march on the Kowloon side, which started at the Star Ferry terminal and will end near the Polytechnic University, said: "This one is the anti-government one with a general message".

Ahead of Sunday's rallies there were calls from organisers for people to remain "highly restrained" with fears of a return to the violence that has marked more recent months in the political crisis.

As of 5:00 p.m., hundreds of radical protesters had thrown multiple "smoke cakes" near Salisbury Road, creating public panic, police said.

More tear gas was sacked at night after dozens of hardcore protesters set up roadblocks and vandalised some shops and restaurants linked to China.

That followed a period of relative calm after Nov.24 district elections delivered an overwhelming victory to pro-democracy candidates.

China accused the United Nations high commissioner for human rights of emboldening "radical violence" in Hong Kong by suggesting the city's leader conduct an investigation into reports of excessive use of force by police.

Lam has said she will accelerate dialogue, but has refused to offer any new concessions since the elections.

Some held banners reading "Let's make Hong Kong great again" - a riff on Trump's 2016 campaign pledge to make America great again.

Some donned Trump logo hats and T-shirts as protesters unfurled a banner depicting the USA president standing astride a tank with a U.S. flag behind him.

"A lot of parents are anxious that their children are affected, because their children are coughing, breaking out in rashes and so forth", said march organizer Leo Kong, a 40-year-old social worker.

China announced Monday that it will suspend U.S. Navy visits to Hong Kong in retaliation over President Trump's decision to sign legislation that supported the city's pro-democracy protesters who have taken to the streets since June.

She accused them of having "great responsibility for the chaotic situation in Hong Kong".

Hong Kong's protests have been relatively peaceful for the two weeks around the election but could turn violent again if the government doesn't bend to demands for more democracy and an investigation into police use of force against the protesters.

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