Hong Kong activists call on G20 leaders to help 'liberate' city


"I can tell you that for sure the G-20 will not discuss the issue of Hong Kong and we will not allow the G-20 to discuss the issue of Hong Kong", Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun said Monday.

"So, we want to let the global (community), let the globe know that in Hong Kong we are fighting for the people's freedom and say no to the extradition bill to China".

Protesters earlier handed a petition to the USA consulate asking President Donald Trump to "Back Hong Kong at the G20 Summit", where he is due to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping to try to defuse trade tension.

"Maybe the pressure from foreign governments can help Hong Kong", said a protester who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of fear of reprisals from authorities.

The online news source in the city stated that demonstrators reiterated their call on the Hong Kong government to accept their five demands including, complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, accountability for the decision of shoot, the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam, release arrested protesters and withdraw all charges.

Since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997, it has been governed under a "1 country, 2 systems" formula that allows freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including the liberty to protest and an independent judiciary.

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The government suspended debate on the legislation indefinitely after earlier protests, but activists are demanding that it be withdrawn completely.

Despite the post being deleted, Nike made a decision to stop sales to avoid any controversy regarding political protests in Hong Kong. "This is entirely China's internal affair".

Millions of people have clogged the streets of the former British colony in recent weeks to protest against the bill, which would allow people to be extradited to the mainland to face trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party. "China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to this".

Britain urges Hong Kong to establish a "robust, independent investigation" into the violence against protesters, and will not issue further export licenses for crowd control equipment to Hong Kong "unless we are satisfied that concerns raised on human rights and fundamental freedoms have been thoroughly addressed", he said.

Protesters have also launched a crowdfunding campaign to take out advertisements in major financial newspapers, hoping they may come across G20 leaders' desks during the summit, which groups the world's major advanced and developing economies.