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(CNSNews.com) – Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents, some waving American flags, marched to the U.S. Consulate Sunday, urging Congress to quickly pass legislation providing for U.S. responses to Beijing-instigated rights abuses or attempts to erode the territory’s autonomy.
“President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong,” read a large blue banner and numerous posters held by demonstrators, some of whom also sang along to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” piped through loudspeakers.
Beijing - Liberate - Hong - Kong - Democracy
“Resist Beijing! Liberate Hong Kong! Democracy Now!” protesters chanted, alluding to concerns about an erosion of freedoms in the former British colony, which reverted to Chinese rule in 1997 with guarantees it would continue to enjoy a “high degree” of autonomy for at least 50 years.
Representatives handed a petition to an official from the consulate in the city’s Central district.
Placards - Words - Parallels - Hong - Kong
Visible on some placards were words that drew parallels between Hong Kong residents’ appeals to the U.S. government and American colonists’ looking to France for support during the War of Independence. “We, Hongkongers and Americans, are united by our yearning for freedom and dignity,” they read.
The march proceeded peacefully, but later fresh clashes erupted between some protestors and baton- and teargas-wielding riot police officers, and incidents of arson and vandalism were reported at subway stations.
Months - Protests - Hong - Kong - Government
During three months of protests in Hong Kong, the communist government in Beijing has repeatedly accused the U.S. of interfering in China’s internal affairs.
Senior U.S. lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), have been vocally critical of the authorities’ response to the protests.
Week - Pelosi - Statement - Effect - Congress
Last week, Pelosi reiterated an earlier statement to the effect that when Congress returns from recess, it will “swiftly” advance the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, bipartisan legislation introduced in the House and Senate in June.
“Democrats and Republicans continue to stand united with the people of Hong Kong...
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