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Hong Kong: Calls for Trump to 'liberate' region as thousands rally at US consulate

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
September 08, 2019 at 16:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people descended on the US consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, where they called on US President Donald Trump to "liberate" Hong Kong, according to one banner.

Protesters rallied in Chater Garden in Hong Kong's Central District before proceeding towards the US consulate. Some demonstrators waved US flags while others chanted pleas for Washington to "stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom."

Demonstrators also urged Washington to pass a proposed "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019," which would require the US to conduct an annual re-evaluation of Hong Kong's special trade status with the US based on its degree of autonomy.

The Sunday march took place despite the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam's announcement on Wednesday that the extradition bill would be formally withdrawn. Demonstrators continue to call on Hong Kong authorities to meet their other demands, including the release of detained protesters and a probe into allegations of police brutality.

The ongoing protests were sparked by the planned extradition bill at the end of March and since then have evolved into a movement with wider grievances against the Hong Kong administration. The demonstrations have now entered their 14th straight week.

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Thousands of people descended on the US consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, where they called on US President Donald Trump to "liberate" Hong Kong, according to one banner.

Protesters rallied in Chater Garden in Hong Kong's Central District before proceeding towards the US consulate. Some demonstrators waved US flags while others chanted pleas for Washington to "stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom."

Demonstrators also urged Washington to pass a proposed "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019," which would require the US to conduct an annual re-evaluation of Hong Kong's special trade status with the US based on its degree of autonomy.

The Sunday march took place despite the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam's announcement on Wednesday that the extradition bill would be formally withdrawn. Demonstrators continue to call on Hong Kong authorities to meet their other demands, including the release of detained protesters and a probe into allegations of police brutality.

The ongoing protests were sparked by the planned extradition bill at the end of March and since then have evolved into a movement with wider grievances against the Hong Kong administration. The demonstrations have now entered their 14th straight week.

M/S Protesters chanting and holding USA flags; banner reading: "President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong", Hong Kong

M/S Protesters holding placards and chanting

M/S Protesters holding USA flags

SOT, Protester: "We declare this as our right and duty to continue the fight to reclaim our democratic autonomy. And that as a member of the free world, we are disposed with the full responsibility of how to safeguard the rights and freedoms of our people. Under our democratic constitution, whose government must hold steadfast and secret. Once again, we ask the US to stand with us and soon pass the Hong Kong Human rights and Democracy Act, to strengthen this front line against the brutal communist Chinese regime."

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M/S Protesters holding placards

M/S Protesters holding USA flags and chanting

M/S Protesters marching with USA flags and chanting: "Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom"

W/S Protesters marching and chanting: "Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom"

W/S Protesters marching and chanting: "Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom"; protesters holding placards

M/S Banner reading: "Trust CCP? Seriously?"; protesters chanting

W/S Protesters marching and chanting

M/S Protesters marching; banner reading: "Liberate HK - revolution of our times #Chinazi"

W/S Protesters chanting and holding placards and umbrellas

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M/S Protesters holding flags and umbrellas

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