Caution needed before the USA gets involved in Hong Kong

Students hold hands as they take part in a join school human chain event

Students hold hands as they take part in a join school human chain event

The Hong Kong government warned foreign lawmakers not to interfere in the internal affairs of the former British colony after thousands of protesters called on US President Donald Trump to "liberate" the city.

Hong Kong police forces are accused of firing rubber bullets at point blank range, throwing thousands of canisters of tear gas, beating defenseless demonstrators and ordinary citizens, using pepper spray against unsuspecting passers-by.

Activists want the U.S. to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would impose punitive measures on Hong Kong government officials who suppress human rights in the city, freezing their US-based assets and deny them entry to the US.

Anger over the bill grew into sometimes violent protests calling for more freedoms for Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula.

"Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China - and that is the bottom line no one should challenge, not the demonstrators, not the foreign forces playing their dirty games", the China Daily said in an editorial.

The unrest has become the biggest challenge to Beijing's rule since it took over Hong Kong, and is an embarrassment to its ruling Communist Party ahead of October 1 celebrations of its 70th year in power. "Currently, the views of USA politicians and Hong Kong protesters may broadly align, but we can not assume that will always be the case".

Protest leader Benny Tai told the BBC in their 2019 documentary "China, a New World Order": "I think that must be the understanding of Xi Jinping that they would only allow Hong Kong to have elections that they could control".

Elsewhere, there were some incidents in Kowloon on Sunday night, including in Prince Edward, close to Mong Kok.

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Hong Kong's government promised last week to withdraw a controversial extradition bill - an early demand of protesters - but that has failed to appease the demonstrators, who have widened their demands to include other issues, such as greater democracy.

SU Abroad said 41 students were originally enrolled in the Hong Kong program, and three chose not to attend. Lam said she will suspend a proposed extradition bill indefinitely in response to widespread public unhappiness over the measure, which would enable authorities to send some suspects to stand trial in mainland courts. Hong Kong's leader is now voted in by an electoral committee comprising of mostly pro-Beijing elites.

64-year-old Felix Wu told The Epoch Times that he would continue protesting if the government does not respond to all their demands.

Trump has suggested it's a matter for China to handle, though he also has said that no violence should be used. She urged an end to police violence against protesters and said Congress looks forward to "swiftly advancing" the Hong Kong bill.

A huge banner that read "Do you trust the Communist Party?"

Wong said he believes he would be freed on Monday. "The Carrie Lam concession, so-called concession has come too little, too late".

Prominent activist Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) said he was arrested yesterday morning at Hong Kong International Airport upon his return from a trip to Taiwan, for allegedly breaching bail conditions.

"The United States continues to monitor events in Hong Kong", said a senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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