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

Hong Kong Leader Warns U.S. Against 'Unnecessary' and 'Inappropriate' Actions

Hong Kong Leader Warns U.S. Against 'Unnecessary' and 'Inappropriate' Actions

Former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has urged the U.S. government to offer more support to anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, arguing that the ongoing unrest in the territory is an worldwide, rather than an internal, issue.

Lam last week withdrew the controversial extradition bill that had triggered the unrest, but the gesture failed to appease many demonstrators.

"I hope that no more people in Hong Kong actively reach out to tell the United States to pass the act", she said, referring to the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which was introduced into Congress in June.

"I am very anxious". The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other prominent US lawmakers, calls for annual assessments on whether the former British colony is sufficiently autonomous from Beijing to continue its special trading status.

At Hong Kong's main stadium on Tuesday night, a sizeable contingent of the crowd of more than 10,000 football fans jeered and held up "boo" signs as China's anthem played before the game, while others chanted "Revolution of our time" and "Liberate Hong Kong".

'We hope we can unite Hong Kong, ' said one of those booing, Ah Wing, wearing a red Hong Kong team shirt and glasses.

Asked about Li's comments, Lam agreed that the government "can do more and can do better", especially in meeting young people to hear their grievances.

Demonstrators march toward the U.S. Consulate for a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong.

The entrance to the Central MTR transit stop is blocked and set on fire by pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.

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As protesters make their way through the shopping area of Causeway Bay, and with police officers on their tail, some shoppers are locked inside stores to avoid getting mixed up in the confrontation.

The initially peaceful protests have degenerated into encounters between baton-wielding riot police and activists, leading to scores of injuries and about 1,300 arrests.

The 22-year-old activist, who was in Berlin for a newspaper-sponsored event at the German parliament celebrating human rights activists around the world, pledged that protests would not be lulled into complacency by the decision of the city's government to drop a contested new extradition law.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong has met Germany's foreign minister during a visit to Berlin as he carries overseas his call to support the growing pro-democracy movement in the former British colony.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Maas' "political show" with Wong displayed disrespect to China's sovereignty and was an interference in its internal affairs. She noted it is extremely wrong for Germany to attract attention by tapping into the anti-China separatist wave.

In an immediate response, Wong tweeted that China's strong reaction was "baffling".

The crowd broke out into "Glory to Hong Kong", a song reflecting their months-long fight for more democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. "They don't need advice", he said last month.

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