Thousands of students formed human chains outside schools in Hong Kong on Monday to show solidarity after violent weekend conflicts to push for democratic reforms on semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
The silent protest comes when the Hong Kong government ignores the & # 39; illegal behavior of radical protesters & # 39; has sentenced and warned the US to stay out of business.
Thousands of protesters held a peaceful march to the US consulate on Sunday to seek Washington's support, but later in the day violence broke out in a business and shopping district when protesters destroyed subway stations, stopped fires and blocked traffic, causing police to fire tear gas .
The Hong Kong government agreed last week to repeal an extradition law that led to a summer of protests, but protesters want other requirements to be met, including more democracy.
Thousands of students formed human chains outside schools in Hong Kong on Monday to show solidarity after violent weekend conflicts to push for democratic reforms on semi-autonomous Chinese territory
The silent protest comes when the Hong Kong government ignores the & # 39; illegal behavior of radical protesters & # 39; has sentenced and warned the US to stay out of business
Thousands of protesters held a peaceful march to the US consulate on Sunday to seek support from Washington, but violence broke out later in the day in a business and shopping district
The government said it was very much in Hong Kong's interest to maintain our autonomy to protect our interests and benefits according to the & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39; principle & # 39; after the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997
Protesters in their Sunday march appealed to President Donald Trump to stay with Hong Kong & # 39; and ensuring that Congress approves a bill that proposes economic sanctions and punishments to Hong Kong and Chinese officials who suppress democracy and human rights in the city.
The Hong Kong government regretted the US bill, known as the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. It said in a statement Monday that & # 39; foreign lawmakers should not interfere in any way with internal affairs & # 39; from Hong Kong.
The government said it was very much in Hong Kong's interest to maintain our autonomy to protect our interests and benefits according to the & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39; principle & # 39; after the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement last week that residents of Hong Kong deserve true autonomy and freedom from fear. She insisted on an end to police violence against demonstrators and said Congress is looking forward to a & # 39; rapid progress & # 39; in the Hong Kong law.
Protesters in their Sunday march appealed to President Donald Trump to stay with Hong Kong & # 39; and ensure that Congress approves a bill proposing economic sanctions and punishments to Hong Kong and Chinese officials found to suppress democracy
Trump has suggested that it is a matter for China to act, although he has also said that violence should not be used
Students hold a placard together while participating in a human chain event on Sunday
Students hold hands when they participate in a human chain event at school on Sunday
Protesters called on President Trump to remain with Hong Kong & # 39; and ensuring that Congress approves a bill proposing economic sanctions and punishments to Hong Kong and China officials who suppress democracy and human rights in the city
The turmoil has become the greatest challenge for the rule of Beijing since it took over Hong Kong, and a disgrace for the ruling Communist Party before October 1 celebrations of its 70th year of power. Beijing and the state-controlled media have portrayed the protests as an attempt by criminals to split the territory of China, backed by what it said were hostile foreigners.
Trump has suggested that it is a matter for China to act, although he has also said that violence should not be used. Political analysts suggest that his reaction was muted because he does not want to disrupt talks with China about their tariff war.
High school students in Hong Kong held hands for Monday for a second consecutive week to form long human chains that slipped into the streets outside the schools before the bell rang. They were accompanied by many graduates who wore the characteristic black tops and masks of the demonstrators.
At the St. Paul Co-educational College, a Catholic school, students in blue dresses also wore posters and sang & # 39; five important demands, not one less & # 39 ;, the slogan of protesters who refused to admit until all their requirements were met.
The turmoil has become the greatest challenge for the rule of Beijing since it took over Hong Kong, and a disgrace for the ruling Communist Party before October 1 celebrations of its 70th year of power
Apart from the withdrawal of the extradition law, protesters also want direct elections for the Hong Kong leader, an independent investigation into alleged police violence against demonstrators, unconditional release of those detained and who do not characterize the protests as riots. The police have detained more than 1200 people.
Thousands of marches to the US consulate earlier Sunday to raise international support, calling on Trump to liberate the city while street fires began to rage through protesters.
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 with lasers used to confuse the police who fought back with painful tear gas to disperse crowds, smashed windows and lit street fires.
A demonstrator fire burns at an entrance to the central MTR subway station in Hong Kong. Protesters descended to the central district of the city, blocked roads and forced the closure of an underground train station today
Riot police fire tear gas outside Causeway Bay MTR subway station during clashes with demonstrators for democracy in Hong Kong
The police arrested several pro-democracy activists who met earlier today at the US consulate in Hong Kong
Journalists and protesters are spreading while tear gas is being fired by riot police during clashes at the pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong today
Protesters smashed windows at the entrance to the central MTR station during ongoing demonstrations calling for democracy
A riot police officer fires tear gas at an entrance to Causeway Bay MTR subway station during the violent meetings
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.
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.
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters marched this morning from Chater Garden to the US consulate in Hong Kong to put pressure on Beijing to meet their demands
Protesters wore masks from various world leaders, including Donald Trump, Emanuel Macron and Boris Johnson, to seek help from other countries. One demonstrator has a banner with the text: & # 39; Will you stand still and let us burn? & # 39;
Dying flames from a once-raging street fire in Hong Kong serve as a reminder of the violence caused during the pro-democracy rally's
A riot police officer waves a tear gas thrower while leaving the central MTR subway station after breaking barricades to leave
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: & # 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
A demonstrator was wearing a face mask and bandana while filming one of the furious street fires in Hong Kong's central district
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
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.
On Sunday, protesters wore hats for & # 39; Make Hong Kong Great Again & # 39; and put them past the Washington consulate while they sang the American national anthem while they were called on the country to put pressure on Beijing to meet their demands and to approve a recent bill to support the movement.
& # 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 woman pours water over her eyes after the riot police fired a tear gas canister during a demonstration for democracy at the Causeway Bay station in Hong Kong
A demonstrator was caught and threw more cardboard on a street fire in Hong Kong to sustain it
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
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.
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.
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
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
A demonstrator is wearing an anonymous mask while joining the crowd to ask for international help
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
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
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
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 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 must still meet the other requirements of the demonstrators.
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