Thousands of Hong Kong protesters have sung The Star-Spangled Banner and called on Donald Trump to “liberate” the Chinese-ruled city in the recent in a series of expressions that have gripped the territory for months.
Police stood by as protesters, under a sea of umbrellas against the sub-tropical sun, waved US flags and placards appealing for democracy, after another night of violence in the 14th week of unrest.
Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” they shouted before handing over appeal at the US consulate. “Resist Beijing. Liberate Hong Kong.”
The US defence secretary, Mark Esper, urged China on Saturday to exercise restraint in Hong Kong, a former British colony which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Esper made his call in Paris as police in Hong Kong prevented protesters from blocking access to the airport and fired teargas for a second night in the densely populated district of Mong Kok.
Last month Trump suggested China should “humanely” settle the problem in Hong Kong before a trade deal is reached with Washington. Earlier Trump called the protests “riots” that were a matter for China to deal with.
Sunday’s protest was peaceful, compared with some other rallies that have turned violent in recent weeks, with police responding at various times with water cannon, rubber bullets and teargas. Riot police were able to hold their lines in a standoff in the Central MTR (mass transit railway) station, near Sunday’s march, where several protesters were detained after a fire was started at one entrance.
“With the US locked in a trade war with China at this point in time, it’s a good opportunity for us to show (the United States) how the pro-China groups are also violating human rights in Hong Kong and allowing police brutality,” said Cherry, 26, who works in the financial industry, as protesters marched towards the US consulate nearby.
“We want the US administration to help protect human rights in Hong Kong.
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