Crackdown Like "Tiananmen Square" In Hong Kong May Harm Trade Deal

A rare pro Beijing rally in Hong Kong where running battles between riot police and demonstrators is now a daily occurrence

The initial call for scraping the bill has now ballooned into other demands, such as a call for universal suffrage, as well as an independent investigation looking into police actions and violence in dealing with protesters.

Meanwhile, Vancouver's Chinese Benevolent Association issued a statement Sunday on behalf of its members denouncing violence by "a small number of radical demonstrators" that have disrupted the lives of Hong Kong citizens and visitors. "We will do whatever is necessary to win, but today we take a break, then we reassess". The airport limited terminal access to passengers, halting demonstrations there.

At around 3.30 p.m., 90 minutes after the rally officially kicked off, the heavens opened as the protesters went to leave the park, turning it into a huge canopy of umbrellas.

Though the bill has been declared "dead" by the city's top leader Carrie Lam, the civil campaign against it has since morphed into a broader movement seeking to reverse a general decline in freedoms and investigate police brutality.

Weeks of rallies, demonstrations and occupations have plunged Hong Kong into crisis-which Beijing is now framing as an opportunity for Shenzhen's development.

The demonstrations began in June, initially in response to a controversial bill that would have allowed for extraditions from Hong Kong to mainland China. That legislation has been shelved, though not completely withdrawn, and the demands of the protesters have grown to include expanded direct elections and amnesty for arrested protesters. Many protesters, however, did not follow pre-approved guidelines laid out by the authorities.

"The police have been handling these illegal acts with tolerance", the government said in a statement.

Although concerns were mounting that Beijing may use military force to crack down on the movement, . On Aug. 12, Beijing referred to the protests as "budding terrorism".

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"Hong Kong is very different than China in that we still have the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly that we're going out and protesting for our freedom and for our human rights, and that's something a lot of people in mainland China don't know", said Frances Hui.

"The harsh lines and tough political positions of Chinese officials have not helped stop the movement", he said.

You did not mention any specific lawmaker, but numerous USA senators and Congress members, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have affirmed the US commitment to human rights and urged Hong Kong's government to end the standoff.

More than a million people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in another mass protest against plans to allow extradition to mainland China, organizers said. One activist and organizer in NY estimated that at least 40 cities had planned similar rallies.

It is the financial hub's 11th consecutive week of pro-democracy protests, however this was the largest crowd to have hit the streets since the initial June 16 march, which organisers estimated drew more than two million people.

You did not mention any specific lawmaker, but numerous US senators and Congress members, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have affirmed the USA commitment to human rights and urged the Hong Kong government to end the standoff. Protesters had previously clashed with police in the streets during other weekend protests and for two days last week at Hong Kong's global airport, leading to the cancellation of almost 1,000 flights. The protest continued even as it began to rain, with protesters moving toward Central, Hong Kong's business district, and surrounding government headquarters.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Benevolent Association in Vancouver held a news conference on Sunday afternoon, supporting the police and the Government of Hong Kong.

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