Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong released after airport arrest

Radical demonstrators set fire outside MTR Central station in south China's Hong Kong Sept. 8 2019

On Sunday, thousands of people gathered outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong to call on Washington to pass human rights legislation that would require a review of the city's separate trading status in the event of human rights violations.

Hong Kong's government expressed regret over the United States bill, known as the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The deal was meant to restrict China's influence over the former British territory and ensure Hong Kong control its own legislative arrangements, have its own free and independent elections while Beijing controlled foreign policy and basic law.

Organizers of the rally said the Chinese government had violated the Sino-British Joint Declaration and undermined the one country two systems agreement in Hong Kong. "Are you insane?" was hung from the overpass, and protesters repeatedly chanted slogans such as "USA", and "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong".

Protesters shout slogans at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Beijing and the entirely state-controlled media have portrayed the protests as an effort by criminals to split the territory from China, backed by hostile foreigners.

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

Lo's position on the Hong Kong protests tends to fluctuate between peaceful protesters and the government.

Mass demonstrations since June were initially over a controversial extradition bill that would allow people to be transferred to mainland China for trial but has since morphed into wider calls for democracy and an independent investigation into police use of force.

The government said protesters also set street fires and blocked traffic at some thoroughfares. Police fired projectiles at an angry crowd that was shining laser beams, and several people were detained.

Frustrated Hong Kong protesters have appealed directly to the United States for help, calling on President Donald Trump to "liberate" the city. It said USA citizens and embassy staff were targeted and urged them to exercise increased caution. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement last week that Hong Kong residents deserve real autonomy and freedom from fear.

"We must bear in mind that with the intense and extensive violence used by protesters, everyone in society is a loser", he said. Political analysts suggest that Trump's response has been muted because he doesn't want to disrupt talks with China over their tariff war.

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

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.

A senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States was monitoring events.

He described his detention as a procedural hiccup and said he expected to be released Monday.

Some students also showed up five minutes late to class to represent the five demands, which also include an amnesty for more than 1,000 arrested protesters, an end to the description of the protests as "riots", and fully democratic elections for the chief executive and for LegCo; something that Beijing ruled out on August 31, 2014, sparking the Umbrella movement for democratic reform.



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