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Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters marched to the US consulate today to build up international support and call on President Donald Trump to free the city

Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong marched today to the US consulate to build up international support and appeal to President Donald Trump to free the city.

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The police were on hand when anti-government activists with Stars and Stripes waved flags and placards for help and democracy on Sunday, after another night of violence in the 14th week of unrest.

The city turned into chaos at the weekend, using lasers to confuse the police who fought back with painful tear gas to disperse crowds.

Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters marched to the US consulate today to build up international support and call on President Donald Trump to free the city

Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters marched to the US consulate today to build up international support and call on President Donald Trump to free the city

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urged the Chinese government on Saturday for restraint in Hong Kong.

Esper made his appeal in Paris when the police in Hong Kong prevented protesters from blocking access to the airport during a security blitz, but opposed protesters for a second night in the densely populated district of Mong Kok.

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However, President Donald Trump has indicated that the US remains outside the case he regards as between Hong Kong and China. He said he believes that the US trade war with China is gently entering Beijing.

Hong Kong was shocked by a summer of unrest that was kicked off by a bill that would have made it possible for criminal suspects to be tried in mainland China.

A demonstrator wears a mask from US President Donald Trump during a march to the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong

A demonstrator wears a mask from US President Donald Trump during a march to the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong

A demonstrator wears a mask from US President Donald Trump during a march to the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong

A demonstrator is wearing a cap with the text: "Make Hong Kong great again. However, President Donald Trump has indicated that the US remains outside the case he regards as Hong Kong and China

A demonstrator is wearing a cap with the text: "Make Hong Kong great again. However, President Donald Trump has indicated that the US remains outside the case he regards as Hong Kong and China

A demonstrator is wearing a cap with the text: & # 39; Make Hong Kong great again. However, President Donald Trump has indicated that the US remains outside the case he regards as Hong Kong and China

Protesters hold up signs in Central, Hong Kong, because they demand democracy from political leaders in Hong Kong

Protesters hold up signs in Central, Hong Kong, because they demand democracy from political leaders in Hong Kong

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Protesters hold up signs in Central, Hong Kong, because they demand democracy from political leaders in Hong Kong

Protesters wear American flags while on their way to the American Consolta during a Sunday meeting. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urged the Chinese government on Saturday for restraint in Hong Kong

Protesters wear American flags while on their way to the American Consolta during a Sunday meeting. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urged the Chinese government on Saturday for restraint in Hong Kong

Protesters wear American flags while on their way to the American Consolta during a Sunday meeting. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urged the Chinese government on Saturday for restraint in Hong Kong

Many saw the extradition law as a striking example of the eroding autonomy of Chinese territory since the former British colony returned to China in 1997.

The Hong Kong leader, Carrie Lam, promised to withdraw the bill last week – an early demand from demonstrators – but failed to appease the demonstrators, who have extended their demands to include other issues, such as more democracy.

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On Sunday, protesters wore & # 39; Make Hong Kong Great Again & # 39; and she kept palacrds with President Trump on top of a tank while she called on the US to put pressure on Beijing to meet their demands and to approve a recent bill to show support for the protest.

& # 39; More than 1,000 demonstrators have been arrested. We can do nothing but take to the streets, I feel hopeless & # 39 ;, 30-year-old protester Jenny Chan told AFP.

& # 39; I think that apart from abroad, nobody can really help us, & # 39; she added.

On Saturday, Hong Kong turned into chaos as bonfires and debris roamed the streets, with dozens of activists needing urgent first aid after being hit by clouds of painful tear gas.

Hand lasers, which emit powerful rays of green and blue light, were used by pro-democracy activists to sedate officers and scramble cameras for face recognition.

A demonstrator holds a sign with US President Donald Trump on top of a tank while the city turns into chaos for another day
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A demonstrator holds a sign with US President Donald Trump on top of a tank while the city turns into chaos for another day

A demonstrator holds a sign with US President Donald Trump on top of a tank while the city turns into chaos for another day

The police were on standby while anti-government activists waved Sunday and stars with a call for help and democracy, after another night of violence in the 14th week of unrest

The police were on standby while anti-government activists waved Sunday and stars with a call for help and democracy, after another night of violence in the 14th week of unrest

The police were on standby while anti-government activists waved Sunday and stars with a call for help and democracy, after another night of violence in the 14th week of unrest

Earlier in the day, the police stopped the planned disruption at the airport with a security blitz, including checking passengers on trains and buses to the airport and limiting train services.

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Hong Kong airport, & # 39; the world's eighth busiest, has been a frequent target during the protests. Airport operations normally ran on Saturday after the security operation.

On Saturday evening, protesters organized rally & # 39; s in subway stations and shopping centers owned by the rail link operator MTR and accused her of assisting the police during a recent violent attack on one station.

The Prince Edward station was closed for a second day on Saturday after protesters began to gather, lay white flowers and burn paper sacrifices at the station exit as a sign of mourning.

When protesters refused to spread and set fire to debris near the station, the police chased them and used pepper spray.

A demonstrator is wearing a mask with the American flag on a march to the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong

A demonstrator is wearing a mask with the American flag on a march to the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong

A demonstrator is wearing a mask with the American flag on a march to the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong

Protesters wave the flags of the United States and wear posters during a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday because they demand democracry

Protesters wave the flags of the United States and wear posters during a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday because they demand democracry

Protesters wave the flags of the United States and wear posters during a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday because they demand democracry

A demonstrator is wearing an anonymous mask while joining the crowd to ask for international help

A demonstrator is wearing an anonymous mask while joining the crowd to ask for international help

A demonstrator is wearing an anonymous mask while joining the crowd to ask for international help

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The station has been a point of interest last week for demonstrators who want the railroad operator to make camera images to substantiate rumors that some people died during the police.

The police have reiterated that there have been no deaths since the protests began in early June and condemned the online rumors as malicious.

Violent clashes took place separately at a station in the new city of Sha Tin, where protesters police officers chased the control room before the riot police arrived. Several people were being held.

During the weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel renewed her plea for a peaceful solution to the political unrest during her trip to Beijing, calling for the & # 39; violence & # 39; not to end in & # 39; catastrophe & # 39 ;.

Protesters wave flags of the United States during a protest in Hong Kong. Many saw the extradition law as a striking example of the eroding autonomy of Chinese territory since the former British colony was sent back to China in 1997

Protesters wave flags of the United States during a protest in Hong Kong. Many saw the extradition law as a striking example of the eroding autonomy of Chinese territory since the former British colony was sent back to China in 1997

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Protesters wave flags of the United States during a protest in Hong Kong. Many saw the extradition law as a striking example of the eroding autonomy of Chinese territory since the former British colony was sent back to China in 1997

Her trip to Beijing, to strengthen ties between the German and Chinese markets, was overshadowed by the protests in Hong Kong.

The former British colony Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 under a formula & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39; guaranteeing liberties that were not enjoyed on the mainland. Many residents of Hong Kong are afraid that Beijing will affect that autonomy.

Many saw the extradition law as a striking example of the eroding autonomy of Chinese territory since the former British colony returned to China in 1997.

Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators in a new chaotic Saturday night

Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators in a new chaotic Saturday night

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Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators in a new chaotic Saturday night

Dozens of activists needed urgent first aid after being struck by clouds of painful tear gas on Saturday

Dozens of activists needed urgent first aid after being struck by clouds of painful tear gas on Saturday

A man receives first aid near Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong after the police used tartar gas on Saturday

A man receives first aid near Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong after the police used tartar gas on Saturday

Dozens of activists needed urgent first aid after being struck by clouds of painful tear gas. Above: a young woman and a man are treated with water after being hit by tear gas on Saturday

China denies the accusation of interference and says that Hong Kong is an internal matter. It has denounced the protests, has accused the United States and Great Britain of causing unrest and has warned of the damage to the economy.

The ongoing violence has damaged Hong Kong's economy and has led to fear of a Chinese military intervention. Chinese officials have warned that Beijing & # 39; will not sit still & # 39; if the situation deteriorates.

Protesters have adopted a new slogan: & # 39; Five important requirements, no less. & # 39; In addition to the repeal of the extradition law, they want an independent investigation into allegations of police violence, the unconditional release of those detained during the protests, no more labeling of the protests as riots and direct elections of city leaders.

Lam has rejected those demands.

The protests show no signs of anticipation on the national holiday of China on October 1, despite Lam's concession on the extradition law.

The increased control was aimed at preventing the chaos of last weekend, when protesters blocked the access roads to the airport, threw debris on train tracks and metro stations in a & # 39; stress test & # 39; protest. Above: Riot police pull up during a protest near the Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on Saturday

The increased control was aimed at preventing the chaos of last weekend, when protesters blocked the access roads to the airport, threw debris on train tracks and metro stations in a & # 39; stress test & # 39; protest. Above: Riot police pull up during a protest near the Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on Saturday

The increased control was aimed at preventing the chaos of last weekend, when protesters blocked the access roads to the airport, threw debris on train tracks and metro stations in a & # 39; stress test & # 39; protest. Above: Riot police pull up during a protest near the Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on Saturday

What is happening in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong protesters are demanding democratic reforms and the full repeal of a bill that can be used to send criminal suspects to mainland China to stand trial. Protesters are shown waving their phones in a demonstration on August 28

Hong Kong protesters are demanding democratic reforms and the full repeal of a bill that can be used to send criminal suspects to mainland China to stand trial. Protesters are shown waving their phones in a demonstration on August 28

Hong Kong protesters are demanding democratic reforms and the full repeal of a bill that can be used to send criminal suspects to mainland China to stand trial. Protesters are shown waving their phones in a demonstration on August 28

Hong Kong has been shocked by a series of anti-government protests over the past three months. The demonstrations were initially fueled by a bill that allowed some criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China to stand trial.

Hong Kong falls under the policy of & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39; and has different legal and administrative systems than mainland China. The principle was agreed by China and the UK before the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

However, many residents of the semi-autonomous city feel that their liberties are eroding because of the tight political grip of Beijing.

The extradition law was suspended by the government indefinitely in June, but the meetings have turned into a broader pro-democracy movement that requires government reforms and universal suffrage, among other things.

Protesters also demand an independent investigation into what they see as excessive police force during collisions.

Massive gatherings, sometimes attended by no fewer than two million people, have been taking place every weekend for 9 weeks since 9 June.

Protesters focused on government buildings, the representative office of Beijing in Hong Kong, shopping centers and the international airport to make their demands known.

The demonstrations often start with a peaceful march or sit-in and end in violent clashes between activists and police.

In a repeated pattern, activists throw items such as bricks and gas bombs at the police and anti-riot officers who fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

More than 1,180 people have been arrested for the protests.

Beijing has described the situation in Hong Kong as the & # 39; worst crisis & # 39; which the city has been through since the transfer in 1997. It also has some activists & # 39; rioters & # 39; and & # 39; political terrorists & # 39; called.

It is generally believed that the central government is determined to suppress the chaos before 1 October when the country celebrates the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

City councilor Carrie Lam formally repealed the extradition law on 4 September in an attempt to alleviate chaos.

It still has to meet the other requirements of the demonstrators.

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