Seen on the streets of Hong Kong: Banners saying “President Trump, Please Liberate Hong Kong. US flags waving, the Star Spangled Banner in the background. The protestors want the US Congress to pass a bill that would sanction Chinese officials that are found suppressing democracy and human rights.
The peaceful protest turned violent after police tear gassed the people. Protestors could be seen tearing down the cameras in the city that monitor everyone.
HONG KONG — Thousands of students formed human chains outside schools across Hong Kong on Monday to show solidarity in the push for democratic reforms after violent weekend clashes in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.
The silent protest came as the Hong Kong government condemned the “illegal behavior of radical protesters” and warned the U.S. to stay out of its affairs.
Thousands of demonstrators held a peaceful march Sunday to the U.S. Consulate to seek Washington’s support, but violence erupted later in the day in a business and retail district as protesters vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic, prompting police to fire tear gas.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said last week that Hong Kong residents deserve real autonomy and freedom from fear. She urged an end to police violence against protesters and said Congress looks forward to “swiftly advancing” the Hong Kong bill.-LA Times
The unrest has become the biggest challenge to Beijing’s rule since it took over Hong Kong, and an embarrassment to its ruling Communist party ahead of Oct. 1 celebrations of its 70th year in power. Beijing and the entirely state-controlled media have portrayed the protests as an effort by criminals to split the territory from China, backed by what it said were hostile foreigners.
Trump has suggested it’s a matter for China to handle, though he also has said that no violence should be used.