Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

‘Braves’ on the frontlines of Hong Kong’s protests

‘Braves’ on the frontlines of Hong Kong’s protests

"Are you insane?" was hung from the overpass, and protesters repeatedly chanted slogans such as "USA", and "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong".

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters on Sunday sang the Star Spangled Banner and called on U.S. President Donald Trump to "liberate" the Chinese-ruled city, the latest in a series of sometimes violent protests to rock the territory. "Resist Beijing, liberate Hong Kong".

In 1997, the United Kingdom surrendered ownership of Hong Kong to China in a deal that saw the thriving region change hands but maintain its own autonomy.

A spokesperson for the Hong Kong government expressed regret over the re-introduction of the Act, which is expected to be discussed in the US Congress on September 9.

"Hong Kong is at the forefront of the battle against the totalitarian regime of China", said Panzer Chan, one of the organizers of the march, according to The Associated Press.

The proposed legislation appears to have bipartisan support in US Congress. House minority leader Democrat Chuck Schumer has proposed bringing it to the floor as a priority item.

Lo's position on the Hong Kong protests tends to fluctuate between peaceful protesters and the government.

Chinese authorities strike back against recent comments from the Fitch downgrade of Hong Kong issuers, calling factors such as the political system as an "irrelevant thing" to consider in its analysis of the city's creditworthiness. At the same time, rich mainlanders buy penthouses and luxury flats in Hong Kong as speculative investment or a pied-à-terre for week-end shopping. Trump has suggested it's a matter for China to handle, though he also has said that no violence should be used. They have already impacted the economy, and threaten to erode the city's reputation as a haven for foreign investors looking for a safe and stable place to access the Chinese market. Meant to last for at least 50 years, the deal was also known "one country-two systems", and granted Hong Kong freedom not experienced by other major cities in China.

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"Many Hong Kong people think that it is kind of worldwide help that is very important because it help Hong Kong government be held accountable to the global community and the Chinese government too", Johns Hopkins professor Ho-Fung Hung said in an interview on Matt Lewis and the News on FTR Radio this past week.

The pockets of violence continued two consecutive nights of clashes, despite Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's decision to withdraw the widely unpopular extradition bill that had originally sparked the months-long political crisis - a clear sign that her concession has been roundly rejected by the majority of pro-democracy protesters.

Anger was fueled over the weekend after images of a youth being bloodily beaten up by riot police at a subway station were widely shared on social media. Protesters set fire to debris and were chased off by police officers using pepper spray.

Demonstrators forced some stations to close on both Saturday and Sunday evening, with numerous injuries reported after riot police moved in, firing tear gas and beanbag rounds.

Separately, well-known Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was released Monday, a day after he was detained at the airport. Any use of China's military threatens to undermine the autonomy that underpins its special trading status with the USA - a policy crucial to its economy.

Kurt Tong, who served as US consul general in Hong Kong until this summer, said the administration has treated Hong Kong as a "second-tier" issue.

Protesters across the spectrum dismissed the gesture as too little, too late and have vowed to keep up their campaign.

The appeal for USA intervention comes despite President Donald Trump's characterisation of Chinese leader Xi Jinping as "a great leader who very much has the respect of his people".

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