Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rare mass protest breaks out in Chinese province near Hong Kong

Rare mass protest breaks out in Chinese province near Hong Kong

The Foreign Ministry in August distributed a lengthy report that named the a USA intelligence front and listed its history of funding political groups in Hong Kong going back 20 years.

China had vowed to take strong countermeasures after US President Donald Trump late last month signed into law two Hong Kong related bills that were overwhelming passed by Congress. "I came today because I want the government to know that we are not happy with what they have done to our generation", said Ponn, who attended with her daughter and son-in-law.

The Kowloon march was cut short after riot police fired tear gas and arrested a few people.

Although China continues to push the narrative it alone has the solution to Hong Kong's manifest social problems, local residents are looking elsewhere for answers because they resoundingly reject Chinese identity.

They chanted "five demands, not one less" and "disband the police force" as they marched, in reference to the protest movement's five formal demands of the Government.

Waving American flags, black-clad protesters marched to the United States 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.

The USS Blue Ridge, the command ship of the Japanese-based Seventh Fleet, stopped in Hong Kong in April - the last ship to visit before mass protests broke out in June.

China has long accused foreign groups and governments of fomenting the 6-month-old demonstrations in Hong Kong, singling out the USA, former colonial overlord Britain, and democratic, self-governing Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary.

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Hong Kong's protests have been relatively peaceful during the two weeks around the November 24 elections, but Sunday's disruption indicated there may be more violence if Lam fails to yield to protesters' demands. "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. One showed the president standing atop a tank with "Trump" emblazoned on the front and side.

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".

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and Chief of Asia Pacific Section OHCHR, Rory Mungoven, are seen during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur October 5, 2019.

China will also suspend rest-and-recuperation visits to Hong Kong by US military ships and aircraft, Hua said, adding that China could take further retaliatory moves.

There was "already a large amount of facts and evidence that make it clear that these non-governmental organisations support anti-China" forces and "incite separatist activities for Hong Kong independence", Hua said.

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

"They bear great responsibility for the current chaos in Hong Kong", she said.

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