Hong Kong to witness fresh protests as police pull out of university

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 2, 2019

They chanted "We are all Simon", referring to a former consulate employee, Simon Cheng, who said Chinese secret police beat him and deprived him of sleep seeking information about activists behind the protests. They also found 44 damaged vehicles.

The new laws mandate sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses on the semiautonomous island, require an annual review of Hong Kong's trade status and prohibit the export of specific nonlethal weapons to Hong Kong police. It is unclear whether they had since gotten out or remained somewhere in the university.

"We didn't find anyone. No arrests", Chow said Friday. "Our operation objectives are twofold. We insisted on adopting a humane way to solve the crisis", university president Teng Jin-Guang told reporters, saying the next semester would go ahead on time.

Hong Kong members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) also released a statement regarding the bills, blaming the act just highlights the hypocrisy of some American politicians on human rights and democracy. A few escaped a police cordon, but police say they arrested 700 people and recorded the details of 300 minors who could face charges later.

"We source our supplies from accredited manufacturers across the globe thus the [US act banning exports] will have no effect on us", said Tang.

"I do not have a home in the U.S., nor a bank account or a kid attending a school there, therefore the act has nothing to do with me", he said, warning that many American cities including NY and Los Angeles who ran exchange programs with the force would lose opportunities to compare notes on taming riots if they chose to sever ties.

"Fundamental freedoms, including the right of peaceful assembly, and Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy under the "one country, two systems" principle, are enshrined in the Basic Law and in worldwide agreements and must continue to be upheld".

Since rules stipulate that customers need to finalize contracts in person, sales have been pummeled as many prospective Chinese customers have avoided the former British colony. Only a small portion of the three million eligible applicants have applied for it.

Trump said in a statement that he signed the bill in support of China and Hong Kong.

The protests began in June over legislation, since withdrawn, that would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China. The protests increasingly turned violent in the ensuing months, resulting in frequent clashes with the police. A total of 5,890 people have been arrested since early June, he added.

Hong Kong protesters returned to the city center in a peaceful rally after the city's pro-democracy forces won by a landslide in local district council elections in a rebuke of the government and its backers in Beijing.

The end of one of the most violent chapters in almost six months of protests against China and the Hong Kong government came as activists vowed to hold fresh rallies and strikes in the coming days.

Joshua Wong, a well-known pro-democracy activist who was among those who lobbied for the laws, told protesters Thursday their next goal is to get other Western leaders to follow in Trump's footsteps in order to put pressure on the Chinese government to give in to their demands.

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