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Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) announced Tuesday he will seek to pass a law suspending U.S. sales of anti-riot gear to Hong Kong police, citing its excessive use against peaceful pro-democracy protesters.
The legislation will join efforts to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, protecting Hong Kong residents from international consequences of a potential Chinese crackdown.
Lawmakers - Sides - Spectrum - Messages - Support
American lawmakers from both sides of the political spectrum have issued messages of support to the pro-democracy movement in the city and condemned the use of violence by Hong Kong police against protesters since the movement took shape in early June. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been at the forefront of the calls for America to send moral backing to the protesters, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Though President Donald Trump has stayed mostly silent on the subject, the Chinese Communist Party has accused the United States, without evidence, of creating the protest movement to destabilize the Chinese economy.
Millions of Hong Kong residents have joined the protests since early June to call for the full withdrawal of a bill that would allow China to extradite anyone present in Hong Kong if accused of violating communist laws. Hong Kong residents are also calling for government authorities to apologize for referring to a protest on June 12 as a “riot,” freedom for imprisoned protesters, an independent inquiry on police brutality, and the right to directly elect all of their lawmakers. Currently, Hong Kong residents are only allowed to elect half of the members of the Legislative Council (LegCo), while special interest groups elect the other half.
Companies - Amount - Tear - Gas - Hong
American companies manufacture a not-insignificant amount of the tear gas sold to Hong Kong police for crowd control.
“Due to the excessive use of force & lack of restraint by Hong Kong authorities, I...
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