Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pence urges China to respect Hong Kong laws amid protest

Pence urges China to respect Hong Kong laws amid protest

Following weeks of violent clashes with police, a sea of Hong Kong demonstrators defied a police ban and peacefully marched through the streets in one of the biggest rallies the territory has seen so far.

The anti-government protests in Hong Kong were triggered by a bill (since suspended) that would allow people accused of crimes against mainland China to be extradited.

"A large number of people who tried to come found a bottleneck, but they still continued to enter and exit the park in an orderly manner", Wong said.

Yves Tiberghien, director emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia, said the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have been the "most intense moment in Hong Kong modern history" with "gut wrenching emotions" on both sides. The bill is now shelved, but protesters say it must be removed completely.

Protesters braved heavy rain yesterday as they took to the streets with their umbrellas. It goes on to claim that "all walks of life in Hong Kong" are calling for order to be restored.

At around 3 p.m. on Sunday, protesters began leaving the park.

At a news conference Monday in Hong Kong, other organizers emphasized that the peaceful nature of the rally provides an opening for Hong Kong's government to respond. 1,200 kilometers to the south, Hong Kong, too, is a major financial hub - but there's little sympathy in Shanghai for the protesters there.

Protestors are demanding the resignation of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, democratic elections and an independent investigation into police abuse.

Many among Sunday's rally-goers carried rucksacks stuffed with protest paraphernalia - laser pens, gas masks, goggles and helmets.

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Their goal, it said, was to "sow political discord" in the territory and to "undermine the legitimacy and political positions" of the pro-democracy protesters who have brought one of the world's major financial centres to a standstill.

His opinion was that the whole protest was pointless - and it's a view the majority of mainland Chinese people probably share.

It also said the protests carried a distinctive feature of "colour revolution", a reference to popular uprisings in former Soviet states, such as Ukraine, that often swept long-established rulers from power.

President Donald Trump told reporters last week that he hopes the situation in Hong Kong "works out for everybody, including China, by the way", and that "nobody gets killed".

Late in the evening hundreds of masked protesters briefly gathered outside the government headquarters shouting "Reclaim Hong Kong, revolution of our times" before dispersing.

The turmoil has left the Beijing and Hong Kong governments "more determined than ever" to make changes, particularly regarding the lack of opportunity for young people, he said.

"They are condemning the police but I think the police are doing their job. because the goal of all humanity is to have a peaceful society".

"They don't come to me in person; they just contact my landlord and put pressure on him or her, or threaten them or their kids", Chen Yunfei told RFA.

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