Protests demanding the prime minister step down and a bill allowing extradition of suspects to China for trial continue for the 10th week in Hong Kong.
On Sunday afternoon, demonstrators gathered in Victoria Park, where they planned to embark on an unauthorized march to the east of Hong Kong Island.
In parallel, hundreds of protesters continued their sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport for the third day in a row, and the organizers of the protests aim to communicate their demands to visitors from around the world.
|Hundreds of protesters continued a sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport for the third day in a row.|
In a related development, the US State Department condemned the "dangerous" methods used by the Chinese media, following Beijing's criticism of a meeting held by a US diplomat in Hong Kong with pro-democracy activists.
"Official Chinese media articles on America's diplomacy in Hong Kong have gone from being irresponsible to dangerous. This must stop," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Morgan Ortagos wrote on Twitter.
"The Chinese authorities know this very well. Our accredited consular officers do their job just like diplomats of all countries," she said.
A report published in Hong Kong's Tacongbao newspaper, which is close to the Chinese authorities, met with members of the Democisto party, including a prominent pro-democracy activist, Joshua Wong, and Julie Eide, head of the political section of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong. About the latter.
The United States described Beijing's behavior as "vile," and "deliberately harassed" US diplomacy.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry urged the US consulate to "immediately cut all ties with anti-Chinese rioters" and "immediately stop all interference in Hong Kong affairs."
|Demonstrations and almost daily actions often turn violent between protesters and security forces (Getty Images)|
China urged the United Kingdom to stop its "interference" in Hong Kong after British Foreign Secretary Dominique Rapp called Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to express concern over the protests.
Rapp telephoned Lam to ask for a "completely independent investigation into the recent events," referring to the crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.
"China formally asks Britain to immediately stop any interference in Hong Kong and China's internal affairs," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Shunying.
In a statement posted on the Internet yesterday, she called Rapp's decision to call Lam "wrong" and called on London to stop "causing problems" in its former colony.
Beijing considers Western countries backing anti-government demonstrations in the semi-autonomous island two months ago.
Hong Kong is facing its most serious political crisis since Britain returned it to China in 1997, with demonstrations and almost daily actions that have often turned into violence between protesters and security forces.