Hong Kong tells US to stay out; students form protest chains


"The Next Revolution" host Steve Hilton gives his take to the ongoing Hong Kong protests.

"Resist Beijing, Liberate Hong Kong" and "Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom" were two of the chants repeated by demonstrators, many of them clad in black shirts and wearing masks. Some of them carried posters that read "President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong". Hong Kong residents had feared it could be used by China to extradite people for political reasons.

Some US politicians have spoken out strongly in support of the Hong Kong protesters and voiced concern about the potential for a brutal crackdown by China.

"If the USA passes the bill to interfere in Hong Kong's internal affairs, it would not be for the sake of the city, but rather to turn the financial hub into a card Washington can use to increase pressure on Beijing", the article claimed.

U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) voiced his support for the protesters via Twitter on September 8, saying, "The people of Hong Kong have been clear in their demands and their voices are being heard". "But Hong Kong has been so close to the US, economically and socially, it has never been a target of the USA government, so why should they use such a particular bill to punish Hong Kong?" "The escalating violence and use of force perpetrated by the Hong Kong authorities against their own people in recent weeks, which has led to tragic loss of life, must end now".

A minority of protesters smashed subway station windows Sunday, and police responded with a handful of tear gas rounds, Fox News' Jonathan Hunt reports.

Later in the evening, the main subway line in downtown Hong Kong was closed along with major boulevards, snarling traffic and making it hard to access major hotels. Earlier Trump called the protests "riots" that were a matter for China to deal with. They are a result of foreign interference.

The demonstrations began in June in opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill that would have allowed suspects in Hong Kong be taken to mainland China to stand trial in court run by the Communist Party.

Organizers of the rally said the Chinese government had violated the Sino-British Joint Declaration and undermined the one country two systems agreement in Hong Kong.

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Posting on Facebook from the tarmac, Mr Wong stated his goals for the trip, including advocating for a German version of the Hong Kong human rights democracy act, and stopping "the sale and export of weapons to the Hong Kong police".

A gesture this week from embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to fully withdraw the extradition bill that sparked the city's summer of discontent did little to mollify protesters.

Police said three subway stations had to be shut down after protesters thrashed ticket machines, security cameras and turnstiles and damaged fire facilities.

Speaking to local media after the tour that included a visit to Central MTR station in the central business district, Transport and Housing Secretary Frank Chan urged protesters to "respect other Hong Kong people's rights" to use the subway and to stop vandalizing the transport facility.

Police have also upped their violence, deploying water cannons and resorting to tear gas and rubber bullets with renewed ferocity.

The U.S. State Department in a travel advisory Friday said Beijing has undertaken a propaganda campaign "falsely accusing the United States of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong".

Hong Kong police charged Wong with unlawfully organizing a public meeting outside police headquarters in June. In addition to getting daily notices from the university, there are also various protocols set up for students, said Julio Burgos, a junior economics major overseas in Hong Kong. Any use of China's military threatens to undermine the autonomy that underpins its special trading status with the US - a policy crucial to its economy. Lam formally scrapped the bill last week as part of concessions aimed at ending the protests.

US President Donald Trump, right, chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, November 9, 2017.