Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong marched to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday, urging President Donald Trump to “liberate” their city as they press for more democratic freedoms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.
Protesters converged at a park in central Hong Kong before marching. They chanted “Resist Beijing, Liberate Hong Kong” and “Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom.”
Many of them, clad in black shirts and wearing masks, waved American flags and carried posters that read “President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong.” Riot police stood watch during the march to the nearby U.S. Consulate.
Hong Kong, China – Protesters vowed to keep on demonstrating even after leader Carrie Lam attempted on Wednesday to defuse weeks of political chaos by formally withdrawing a controversial extradition bill.
… “The most clear message I have is that we are not backing down,” said protester Hermione, a lawyer who asked to only be identified by her first name for security reasons.
“I think that is a childish and naive expectation of the government to only answer to one of the five demands and expect people to back down.”
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam formally withdrew an extradition bill on Wednesday that has sparked months of violent protests and plunged the territory into its biggest political crisis in decades. In a pre-recorded statement, Lam made four proposals to ‘initiate a dialogue’ between the government and Hong Kong residents Hong Kong: Lam withdraws extradition bill that sparked months-long protests.
School and university students call for democracy after weekend of violent clashes
Thousands of students wearing helmets, goggles and masks – the unofficial uniform of the protests – filled the grounds of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), holding black banners saying, “Boycott for freedom” and periodically shouting, “Reclaim Hong Kong”.
“If you are not a slave, don’t act like one,” said one speaker, a woman introduced only by her surname Chiu, from an alumni group, who urged students to continue to fight for their freedoms. A stage behind her featured part of a saying by Mao Zedong: “A single spark can start a prairie fire.”
“We should not give up, whatever happens,” said Brian Cheung, 16, who has been protesting throughout the summer and came out to support the boycott.
The campaigner was bundled into a van while walking along street, says protest group as pro-independence politician Andy Chan also detained
Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong has been arrested in Hong Kong on unknown charges, according to a statement by his political organisation Demosisto.
The group said Wong was “forcefully pushed into a private minivan on the street” while walking to a subway station at about 7.30am. He was then taken to police headquarters in Wan Chai.
The group did not immediately reveal any further information but said their lawyer was working on the case.
Hong Kong native and Australian resident Jason Tse poses for a portrait in a tunnel adorned with protest notes, known as Lennon Wall, in Hong Kong, China August 10, 2019.
“This is a now or never moment and it is the reason why I came back,” Tse, 32, said, adding that since joining the protests last month he had been a peaceful participant in rallies and an activist on the Telegram social media app.
“If we don’t succeed now, our freedom of speech, our human rights, all will be gone. We need to persist.”
Since the city returned to Chinese rule in 1997, critics say Beijing has reneged on a commitment to maintain Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms under a “one country, two systems” formula.