Protests In Hong Kong Continue, Remain Peaceful Throughout The Weekend

22 Août, 2019, 15:00 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Protests In Hong Kong Continue, Remain Peaceful Throughout The Weekend

Hundreds of people showed up at a rally organized by a group called the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement outside the Chinese consulate on Granville Street Sunday afternoon to condemn what it called police brutality in Hong Kong.

On Saturday, thousands of school teachers joined anti-government protests.

In Beijing, You Wenze, a spokesman for China's ceremonial legislature, condemned statements from US lawmakers supportive of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.

The permit for the march into Central districtwas denied by officials who cited the clashes between demonstrators and police officers in previous weeks, according to The New York Times.

"If you ask me, I personally hope there will be a quick resolution to this from the government so we don't have to protest any more".

The anti-government protests present one of the biggest challenges facing Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

That includes the recent re-introduction of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in Congress, which would among other provisions require the Secretary of State to issue an annual certification of Hong Kong's autonomy to justify special treatment afforded to the city.

"Without freedom, my son will not have hope", said the father, adding that he was there to "fight for Hong Kong".

She said only a few protesters had used violence, sparingly, and that it was brought on by pressure from authorities and police. Lawrence Lee said he knew that violence was always a possibility with the protests, but he felt Sunday's march was too important to miss.

"The police told us that we couldn't march, and that we'd have to do something else, and not leave Victoria Park", Ho said.

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Most recently on August 18, more than 1.7 million Hongkongers walked the streets of Hong Kong in heavy rain, defying a police ban, to continue calling on the government to engage with their demands. We are here for our future.

Spiralling unrest, which last week saw protesters paralyse the city´s airport, tarnished a campaign that took pride in its peaceful intent and unpredictability - which demonstrators have tagged with the slogan "Be Water".

"For the United States to make a deal with China, Beijing needs to honor its commitments - beginning with the commitment China made in 1984 to respect the integrity of Hong Kong's laws through the Sino-British Joint Declaration", Pence said in an address at the Detroit Economic Club.

On Saturday, however, a demonstration in support of the government attracted what organizers said was 476,000 people, although police put the number of attendees at 108,000.

"It's unreasonable to talk about supporting peaceful methods of protest if things have gotten to the point where we can't even go on a peaceful march".

Hong Kong's economy clocked in at 2.8 trillion Hong Kong dollars ($363 billion) in 2018 but at a slower 3 percent growth rate.

"Political and public opinion elites in the US must understand that although they have the ability to instigate Hong Kong's radical protesters and make it harder for Hong Kong to restore order, they absolutely can not influence Beijing's decisions on Hong Kong's situation", in said in an editorial.

The pro-China protesters are an example of that influence and the "importing of dictatorial values" to Canada, she said, adding Beijing supporters can host their own event yet choose to "suppress" the voices of the pro-Hong Kong group.

The world can likely expect to see the transfer of many Chinese financial operations from Hong Kong to nearby Shenzhen once regulations have been loosened sufficiently, allowing the city to fill a role similar to the one Hong Kong has served up until now.

He said Hong Kong's 7.5 million people and the Chinese population as a whole rejected the actions of a "very small group of violent protesters" as well as "any interference of foreign forces".



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