China Retaliates After US Legislation Supports Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Movement

Cheryl Sanders
December 2, 2019

Chinese police clashed with protesters in a southern province near Hong Kong over the weekend, in a rare case of public dissent which saw hundreds demonstrate against the building of a crematorium.

People gathered on Saturday to pay their respects at a vigil outside the Prince Edward rail station where some residents believe that protesters were killed by police three months ago.

More tear gas was sacked at night after dozens of hardcore protesters set up roadblocks and vandalized some shops and restaurants linked to China.

Waving American flags, black-clad protesters marched to the USA consulate to thank Mr Trump for signing into law last week legislation supporting their cause and urged him to swiftly sanction Ms Lam and other officials for suppressing human rights.

But the majority of demonstrators who gathered Sunday seemed determined to refocus attention on the issues at the heart of the movement that has roiled Hong Kong for months.

Protests erupted in Hong Kong in June over the local government's plans to allow some criminal suspects to be extradited to the Chinese mainland. "No matter how many weapons they use and how much force they deploy, officials turn a blind to our demands", said Chan, a clerk in her 40s who declined to give her last name. "We must continue to stand out to remind the government of our unhappiness".

It comes after President Donald Trump signed the Human Rights and Democracy Act into law.

Derek Mitchell, the president of the National Democratic Institute, said in Hong Kong last week that accusations it was colluding with protesters were "patently false".

The measures were announced by China's Foreign Ministry in response to U.S. legislation passed last week supporting anti-government protesters.

Some held banners reading, "Let's make Hong Kong great again" - a riff on Trump's 2016 campaign pledge to "make America great again".

At the other small rally, a peaceful crowd of about 200 adults and young children marched to Government headquarters in the morning and chanted, "No more tear gas".

China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday (Dec 2) that it has suspended the review of requests by United States military ships and aircraft to visit Hong Kong, in response to legislation passed by USA lawmakers in support of protesters in the China-ruled territory.

"China will take further steps if necessary to uphold Hong Kong's stability and prosperity and China's sovereignty".

She also said that Lam's government must prioritize "meaningful, inclusive" dialogue to resolve the crisis.

China's United Nations mission in Geneva said the article interfered in China's internal affairs and exerted pressure on Hong Kong's Government and police, which "will only embolden the rioters to conduct more severe radical violence".

'Five Demands' People raise their hands as they sing the protest anthem "Glory to Hong Kong" during a protest in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, on November 30, 2019.

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