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Hong Kong: Demonstrators ask Donald Trump for help

2019-09-08T11:14:04.271Z

Thousands of people have demonstrated in front of the US Consulate in Hong Kong. People asked the US president to "liberate" Hong Kong.



In a rally outside the US Consulate in Hong Kong, pro-government protesters have asked the United States for support. Thousands of people first gathered in a park in the city center and shouted, "Resist Beijing, free Hong Kong." Many wore black shirts, were masked, and wielded American flags. Posters read: "President Trump, please free Hong Kong."

The protesters called on the US Congress to pass a law providing for sanctions against government officials in China and Hong Kong who oppress democracy and human rights. Hong Kong's preferential trade status in the US may also be affected by the law.

Trump had offered China's President Xi Jinping a crisis meeting last month, calling on both sides to act with caution. He expressed the hope that the situation would be resolved peacefully. Several congressmen support the democracy movement and warn against China's violent crackdown.

The Chinese government is banning foreign interference in its Hong Kong policy. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had on Saturday during her visit to China campaigned "that conflicts are resolved without violence." Anything else would be "a disaster," said Merkel.

Police are again using pepper spray

After police again prevented protests at Hong Kong's airport on Saturday, there had been violent clashes between police and protesters at several subway stations during the night. In the district of Mongkok, protesters detonated near a closed metro station, but retreated after the police used pepper spray. There were several injuries and arrests.

It will be the 14th weekend in a row to be demonstrated in the autonomously administered Chinese special administrative region. On Wednesday, Hong Kong Prime Minister Carrie Lam had completely withdrawn the draft controversial law for extraditions to China that had originally triggered the protests. The protest movement said that the concession came too late and was no longer enough. Meanwhile, the protesters also demand an independent investigation of police violence, an amnesty for the detainees and free elections.

Source: zeit

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