The people of Hong Kong have for weeks have clashed with Government forces over an extradition bill. The bill would have allowed persons to be extradited to China, should they have committed a ‘crime’ in China.
However, the people of Hong Kong protested the bill and forced the government to withdraw the legislature. Now, those same demonstrators are requesting assistance from the United States to liberate Hong Kong from the grip of the Chinese.
Demonstrators flooded the streets in central Hong Kong, chanting “Resist Beijing, Liberate Hong Kong” and “Stand with Hong Kong, Fight for freedom.” Droves of protesters wore masks, dressed in all black, and waved American flags.
Some of the protesters carried posters that read “President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong.” The country has been under the “One Country, two systems” structure since 1997 when Chinese rule of the nation began.
“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. “Please support us in our fight.”
For three months, the country has been almost at constant protest because the citizens feel as though their civil liberties are slowly being eroded by Chinese rule.
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Further, after the government agreed and promised to withdraw the bill, protesters began calling for the United States to pass legislature known as the Hong Kong Democratic and Human Rights Act.
A group of protesters sang The Star-Spangled Banner as they marched towards the US Consulate. The United States issued a travel advisory Friday, and said that Beijing has undertaken a propaganda campaign “falsely accusing the United States of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong.”
The President of the United States has briefly spoken on the matter, but many analysts say that his statements are minimal because his action could disrupt trade talks between China and the United States.
However, the US, according to legislators, will pass the Hong Kong bill to assist and urges Hong Kong authorities to end the violence against protesters.