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A popular student leader said Catholics and other Christians should take a more visible role in protests against the government’s plans to allow extradition to mainland China.
“It’s a good chance for us to become united. Because I think for most of the Catholics and Christians, we have the same values, the same goal,” Chow told Catholic News Agency (CNA), “so that’s why we cooperate, and I think after Christians and Catholics cooperate, our strengths, our power becomes stronger.”
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Along with their opposition to the extradition bill, which has been temporarily suspended, protesters have also decried an excessive use of force by the Hong Kong police, including the use of rubber bullets and tear gas.
A report released Saturday by AsiaNews, the official press agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, claims that the Chinese government engaged its formidable propaganda machine against Hong Kong protesters, fabricating false reports riddled with ideology in an attempt to deflect attention from the reasons behind the demonstrations.
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As the clashes between demonstrators and police have escalated, police have grown increasingly brutal in their tactics and the presence of Chinese troops in Shenzhen — just a few miles from Hong Kong — has raised the specter of a military intervention.
Protests began in earnest in June as concerns grew that under a proposed law both Hong Kong citizens and foreign nationals could be extradited to mainland China for prosecution, undermining Hong Kong’s rule of law.
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Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong has requested that the extradition law be completely scrapped, calling for an independent inquiry into the excessive use of force by security officials.
The cardinal has also invited Catholics to take part in a Mass for Hong Kong’s welfare to be celebrated on Friday, August 23.
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