China condemns US backing for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong

Mail Online | 8/17/2019 | Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline
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A spokesman for China's ceremonial legislature condemned statements from U.S. lawmakers supportive of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, as more protests were planned Sunday following a day of dueling rallies that highlighted the political divide in the Chinese territory.

You Wenze called the lawmakers' comments 'a gross violation of the spirit of the rule of law, a blatant double standard and a gross interference in China's internal affairs.'

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He said that Hong Kong's 7.5 million people and Chinese population as a whole rejected the actions of a 'very small group of violent protesters' as well as 'any interference of foreign forces.'

You did not mention any specific lawmaker, but numerous U.S. senators and Congress members, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have affirmed the U.S. commitment to human rights and urged the Hong Kong government to end the standoff.

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Congress also has the power to pass legislation affecting Hong Kong's relationship with the U.S. in ways that could further erode the territory's reputation for stability and rule of law.

That includes the recent re-introduction of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in Congress, which would among its other provisions require the Secretary of State to issue an annual certification of Hong Kong's autonomy to justify special treatment afforded to the city.

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Demonstrations have lost some intensity since the ugly scenes witnessed during the protesters' occupation of the city's airport earlier in the past week, and Sunday's rally could show whether the movement still has broad-based support.

No tear gas was fired on Saturday night during a brief standoff between police and protesters outside a police station in the Mong Kok district - which was noteworthy after the increasingly violent confrontations in the last 11 weeks. Police said they fired one beanbag round.

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Some protesters said on Saturday that they were saving their energy for Sunday, when the pro-democracy...
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