Crackdown Like "Tiananmen Square" In Hong Kong May Harm Trade Deal

Andrew Cummings
August 19, 2019

A spokesman for China's ceremonial legislature has condemned statements from US lawmakers supportive of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.

As protesters planned, the march remained peaceful throughout the dayfor the first time in 4 weeks.

Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the worldwide finance hub into crisis, with the communist-ruled mainland taking an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions "terrorist-like". There were further clashes with police on Tuesday. He said the figure did not include those who were not able to make it to Victoria Park, where the march began, because of traffic constraints.

Clashes between protesters and police grew more intense last week when demonstrators organized a city-wide strike and stormed Hong Kong International Airport, forcing the cancellation of numerous flights in and out of the world's busiest airport for two days. "Together we have more power", said 20-year-old student, Harley Ho, undeterred by the heavy rain.

Beijing has seized on the unrest, with state media pumping out articles, pictures and videos damning the protesters. State media outlets have expressed the need for tougher responses from Hong Kong police.

"It's unreasonable to talk about supporting peaceful methods of protest if things have gotten to the point where we can't even go on a peaceful march".

There was no use of tear gas by the police and people freely marched through the city with their umbrellas, including in the Causeway Bay and Wan Chai areas.

"Nobody pay me or anything, it's just that I feel that it's my responsibility because I think this is not just a China issue, it's a actually world issue", he says "I think North America is trying to drum up anti-China sentiment and that's very unsafe".

British "Guardian" said that small group of people started to yell at the gathered ones, but the police brought them out of the meeting.

Some say the violence has driven the pro-democracy movement in an uncomfortable direction.

The protests were widely described as civil and well managed, with protesters who began shining laser pointers at a government building being told to leave by other protest leaders, according to the Associated Press.

"But we have tried many times with peaceful approaches [.] I really hope the government can listen to us".

"I think the Christian groups and the Catholic groups should participate more in the protests, to take a more major role, because I think nowadays the protests become more radical, and people get very emotional", Chow said.

The 22-year-old global student said she supports the "one country, two systems" principle, but the protests should be done in an "appropriate" and "peaceful" way.

"We have our gear with us, but we hope not to use it". "The march today is to show everyone we are not", said a 23-year-old named Chris, who works in marketing and was dressed all in black, including a scarf covering his face and baseball cap.

The bill would allow residents to be extradited from Hong Kong to China, something protestors say could heighten risk for activists and those critical of China.

"I'm heartbroken to see the city being split up like this", a retired telecoms technician, Michael Law, 69, told Reuters at the pro-police rally.

Recent statements from USA politicians have violated the spirit of rule of law and interfered with China's internal affairs, a spokesman with the country's top legislature has said.

Those demands include the complete withdrawal of the proposed extradition bill, universal suffrage and amnesty for all those arrested in connection with the protests.

Beijing has pressured Hong Kong's businesses, pressuring them to toe the line and condemn the protesters.

On Friday, Cathay Pacific announced the shock resignation of its CEO Rupert Hogg after the carrier was excoriated by Beijing because some staff supported the pro-democracy protests.

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