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Hong Kong Protestors urge US to support its ‘liberation’

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On Sunday thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors marched towards US Consulate- General urging the States to support its liberation movement.

The protestors started rallying from the Chater Garden, waving American flags, singing the Star-Spangled Banner and chanting ‘free Hong Kong, democracy now’. 

The protestors handed over a petition plea to US Consulate, demanding the US lawmakers to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The act empowers the Hong Kong with full autonomy from mainland China, any violation of which would lead to sanctions.

While handing over the petition, the protestors out cried slogans such as ‘Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong’ and ‘Resist Beijing, liberate Hong Kong’.

The rally which started in a peaceful manner turned into an ugly violent affair, with demonstrators setting up barricades on fire, vandalising public property including shops, luxury retail stores, banks and the mass transit railway (MTR) station in Central.

Last month US President Donald Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to ‘humanly’ resolve the Hong Kong matter. Trump’s change of tone came after being criticised for calling the pro-democracy protests, ‘riots’ which were an internal affair of China.

Trump wrote on Twitter, “I know President Xi of China very well. He is a great leader who very much has the respect of his people. He is also a good man in a “tough business.” I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it. Personal meeting?”

Hong Kong, which was once a British Colony, has been under China’s control since 1997. Though when Hong Kong became part of China it was promised autonomy.

Rubio, a Republican, criticising the Chinese government’s attitude on Twitter, wrote that the actions of the mainland government can be viewed as a warning sign for “anyone thinking about any deal with them”.

He added, “They signed a treaty promising autonomy and democracy for Hong Kong. They will agree to anything to get a deal. But they have no intention of keeping those promises.”

In order to put an end to the ongoing unrest, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced that the government would provide certain concessions including formally scrapping of the unpopular extradition bill, which triggered the unrest in the first place in June. Later the protest turned into a call for democracy.

The extradition bill allowed the handing over of Hong Kong citizens to China, where they faced trials in court. Some protesters saw the scrapping of bill as only a bait, and said that it was too late for that as their demand now is to attain democracy for the state. 

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