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Sun Sep 15, 2019, 10:51 PM

Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Protesters Sing 'God Save the Queen,' Call for UK Support



(France24, 9/15/19). Hundreds of demonstrators rallied Sunday outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong, stepping up calls for international support in their months-long campaign for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Those gathered waved British flags, sang "God save the Queen" and chanted "U.K. save Hong Kong."
With banners declaring "one country, two systems is dead," they repeated calls for Hong Kong's former colonial ruler to ensure the city's autonomy is upheld under agreements made when it ceded power to China in 1997. Demonstrators held similar rallies Sept.1 at the British facility and last weekend at the U.S. Consulate.

The protests were triggered in June by an extradition bill that many saw as an example of China's increasing intrusion and a chipping away at Hong Kong's freedoms and rights, many of which are not accorded to mainland China. The government promised this month to withdraw the bill, which would have allowed some criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial, but protesters have widened their demands to include direct elections for the city's leaders and police accountability.
The summer of protest has seen clashes between protesters and Hong Kong's police, who demonstrators have accused of abuses. More than 1,300 people have been arrested since June. The unrest has further battered Hong Kong's economy, which was already reeling from the U.S.-China trade war. It is also seen as an embarrassment to China's ruling Communist Party ahead of Oct. 1 National Day celebrations...https://www.france24.com/en/20190915-hong-kong-protesters-sing-god-save-queen-call-uk-support

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yuiyoshida Sep 16 #1
Glorfindel Sep 16 #2
markpkessinger Sep 16 #3

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 09:26 AM

1. Yeah, they will NEVER get support from Trump...

He is too much in Xi Jinping's back pocket!

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Mon Sep 16, 2019, 11:43 AM

2. The UK has too many problems of its own to worry about Hong Kong, I fear

They're more likely to lose Scotland than they are to regain their former Crown Colony. And such a shame. I'm an Anglophile to the core and wish I could help beyond best wishes and good vibes.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 03:47 PM

3. Not to mention that it puts the UK ...

... in a very difficult position given its own imperial past.

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