Hong Kong Police Block Tiananmen Square Vigil, Citing Coronavirus Concerns

Andrew Cummings
June 2, 2020

The fact that the relevant decision was passed by an overwhelming majority at the third session of the 13th National People's Congress "speaks volumes about the common will of the 1.4 billion Chinese people, including our Hong Kong compatriots, to safeguard national sovereignty and security, maintain Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, and ensure enduring success of "one country, two systems", the spokesperson added.

"U.S. politicians can't deny their responsibility for the current grim situation in Hong Kong", the spokesperson said, noting that the US politicians, who are hostile to China and afraid of China's development, emboldened and provided protection for rioters who committed violent crimes in Hong Kong during the disturbance related to the proposed ordinance amendments.

Last year, Hong Kong residents took to the streets in mass protests against a proposed extradition law from Beijing that was eventually abandoned.

Sino-U.S. tensions have been intensifying recently over the origins of the virus, first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late past year, and several other issues including trade, the WHO, Hong Kong and state-of-the-art telecommunications technology.

"We should exercise it again for the people of Hong Kong", he said.

Pompeo said the U.S. was "considering it".

The crackdown reignited demonstrations in Hong Kong that were reminiscent of the pro-democracy protests that took place in the summer of 2019. "I hadn't considered emigrating or working overseas before this", she said.

-Expediting family sponsorship applications by Canadians with spouses and parents in Hong Kong.

During last year's anti-government protests, Poly U and CUHK saw pitched battles between students and riot police, who fired thousands of rounds of tear gas as they besieged defiant students who erected barricades and flung Molotov cocktails to prevent them from entering the campus.

The Conservative Party's Mr. Chiu urged the Liberal government to reconstitute the House of Commons' Special Committee on Canada-China Relations to begin a study on how the country should prepare for a more aggressive China on the world stage.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in remarks released on Monday that Hong Kong people may be welcomed into the US.

Hua Chunying, China's foreign ministry spokesman, fired back at the US over the nationwide riots, tweeting last week "I can't Breathe", the expression uttered by Floyd before he died.

But the NDP reversed course on Monday.

"Any words and actions that harm the interests of China will be met with counter-attacks on the Chinese side", said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a press briefing Monday.

"Any threat or sanction from the United States will not intimidate the Chinese people, including our Hong Kong compatriots". This Canadian law allows for the denial of travel visas and the freezing of bank accounts of people involved in serious human-rights abuses.

Now, with USA officials struggling to contain widespread protests triggered by outrage over the death of George Floyd, China has jumped on the situation, using State television to play scenes from the anarchy and harsh police responses in the US.

"We advise the USA authorities not to always adopt "double standards" or wantonly comment on other countries' internal affairs", the spokesperson said.

Hong Kong was handed over in an agreement known as "one country, two systems" that allowed the region freedoms not available in mainland China.

These protests evolved into demands for greater democracy and autonomy.

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