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Hong Kong Boogaloo Weekend Round Up 9/9/2019

Over the weekend the protestors in HK have started calling for Trump to liberate them. Not too sure this is going to do them in favors with Beijing. It’s also sad. They are earnestly hoping the US will some how save them. They still don’t understand there is no way this is going to happen. I wonder how many of them know that a bit over half of the US leadership has more in common with their Chinese mainland oppressors than they do with people who love liberty.


Thousands of protesters earlier sang the Star Spangled Banner and called on U.S. President Donald Trump to “liberate” the city. They waved the Stars and Stripes and placards demanding democracy.

Sunday protests in Hong Kong near the US consulate. Image source: Getty/CNN

The demonstrators directly handed petitions to US consular officials reportedly while chanting“Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,”and further others which said “Resist Beijing, liberate Hong Kong.”

3:06pm: Protesters calling for @realDonaldTrump to “liberate Hong Kong”, while waving US flags #antielab #hkprotests pic.twitter.com/yuG1K9fWuf — The Young Reporter (@hkbutyr) September 8, 2019

The call for US “intervention” comes interestingly even after HK leader Carrie Lam publicly announced Wednesday she was formally withdrawing the controversial extradition bill, which sparked the protests earlier this summer in the first place. 

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters chant the U.S. national anthem and call on President Donald Trump to ‘liberate’ the Chinese-ruled city. More here: https://t.co/LRX6ojJEaq pic.twitter.com/5qAzATMLd8 — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 8, 2019

Sunday’s protesters called for the passing of the proposed “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019” by US Congress and handed out flyers and petitions.

Reuters reported further that, “Protesters, in a petition handed to the U.S. Consulate, urged that it be passed in full.”

The proposed Act would require Washington each year to made a formal assessment of Hong Kong’s level of autonomy from Beijing and allow the US to take punitive trade measures if autonomy is compromised.

Sunday protest outside the US consulate, via AP.

Also interesting is that China a month ago formally complained to US diplomatic officials over viral photos showing a US official from HK consulate meeting with well-known anti-Beijing protest leaders and activists.

Mainland state media had featured the meeting and it was widely held up as ‘proof’ of the ‘black hand’ of US government involvement in the increasingly violent anti-Beijing demonstrations.

A common theme of mainland coverage of the protests have been to blame US covert action for “fomenting unrest”

🇭🇰A photo taken by a passerby shows the meeting between HK separatists and Julie Eadeh, the political unit chief of USCG, at JW Marriott Hotel at 5 pm Thursday. It’s wildly used by local media, as an evidence of how close the US politicians are related to the anti-gov’t movements pic.twitter.com/FBE8Jxvsy9 — CCTV Asia Pacific (@CCTVAsiaPacific) August 7, 2019

Bloomberg reported at the time China sent a clear and firm message to US diplomats that “China firmly opposes any contacts with them and urges U.S. to stop sending wrong signals to violent law breakers in Hong Kong.”

Sunday’s PR move to gain the greater attention of both Trump and the US Congress certainly won’t help in dissuading Beijing that there isn’t a US-HK conspiracy afoot. 

Man wearing “Make Hong Kong Great Again” hat (Getty)

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters chant the U.S. national anthem and call on President Donald Trump to ‘liberate’ the Chinese-ruled city. More here: https://t.co/LRX6ojJEaq pic.twitter.com/5qAzATMLd8 — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 8, 2019

While there have always been a handful of protesters waving US national flags in recent months, today’s march from the US consulate looks to be the most red, white and blue protest that Hong Kong has seen pic.twitter.com/a3cyl6X5St — Aaron Mc Nicholas (@aaronMCN) September 8, 2019

3:06pm: Protesters calling for @realDonaldTrump to “liberate Hong Kong”, while waving US flags #antielab #hkprotests pic.twitter.com/yuG1K9fWuf — The Young Reporter (@hkbutyr) September 8, 2019

While the protest was largely peaceful, some activists constructed barricades, smashed windows, set objects on fire, and vandalized the MTR metro station in the Central district – home to banks, jewelry shops and high-fashion shopping arcades. They were met with a sharp response from police. 

Hong Kong police are psychotic. pic.twitter.com/6RLYXOfH0o — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 8, 2019

Crowds dispersed from the Central business district moved on to the nearby Admiralty bar district of Wan Chai, and then on to Causeway Bay in what Reuters describes as a “now familiar pattern of cat-and-mouse clashes” over the past three months of unrest. 

Hong Kong police attacked journalists intentionally!!!#hongkongpolicebrutality #HongKongProtests #HKHumanRightsandDemocracyAct #HKPoliceTerrorism #5DemandsNot1Less pic.twitter.com/QJoax8dqzK — Siqtanla (@chihof6) September 8, 2019

“We can’t leave because there are riot police,” said 20-year-old ‘Oscar’ in Causeway Bay. “They fired tear gas from the station. We are heading to North Point,” located to the east. 

Thousands of protesters earlier sang the Star Spangled Banner and called on U.S. President Donald Trump to “liberate” the city. They waved the Stars and Stripes and placards demanding democracy.

“Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” they shouted before handing over petitions at the U.S. Consulate. “Resist Beijing, liberate Hong Kong.” –Reuters

A riot police officer fires a tear gas canister during a rally in Central, Hong Kong, China September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Hong Kong Wanchai Metro Station Now! pic.twitter.com/RyY2o6xbCG — Carl Zha (@CarlZha) September 8, 2019

On Saturday speaking from Paris, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Beijing to exercise restraint over the Hong Kong protests. 

President Trump last month suggested that China should “humanely” settle the Hong Kong situation before a trade deal is inked between the two countries. 

China, meanwhile, has accused the United States and Britain of fomenting unrest

Last week Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that she would meet some of the protesters’ demands – chief among them fully withdrawing a controversial extradition bill which would have allowed the extradition of suspects to mainland China to stand trial in Communisty Party courts, vs. Hong Kong’s independent judiciary which dates back to British rule. 

Lam’s olive branch hasn’t worked, however, as the protests have evolved into a broad anti-government call for democracy

Washington Responds

US lawmakers will address the Hong Kong protests as a top priority when they return to work after recess next week, according to Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). 

Schumer urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican who sets the floor agenda, to bring up a bipartisan bill that would require an annual justification of the special treatment afforded by Washington to Hong Kong, including special trade and business privileges, under the U.S. Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992.

The legislation, called the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, would also mandate that officials in China and Hong Kong who have undermined the city’s autonomy are vulnerable to sanctions. –Reuters

On Sunday, protest organizer Joshua Wong – the face of the “Umbrella” movement from five years ago, was re-arrested at the airport while returning from Germany and the United States for breaching the conditions of his bail. He was previously charged with inciting and participating in an unauthorized rally outside police headquarters on June 21, and subsequently released on bail. 

“Preliminary legal advice suggested that the court had acknowledged and approved my trips to Germany and the U.S. when it granted bail on Aug. 30,” Wong said in a statement. “Therefore, it is believed that there are some mistakes have been made on the bail certificate.”

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