Hong Kong tells U.S. to stay out; students form protest chains

Hong Kong tells U.S. to stay out; students form protest chains

The China Daily newspaper said Sunday's rally in Hong Kong was proof that foreign forces were behind the protests, which began in mid-June, and warned that demonstrators should "stop trying the patience of the central government".

The legislation, called the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, would also mandate that officials in China and Hong Kong who have undermined the city's autonomy are vulnerable to sanctions.

He pointed out that arson is becoming an increasingly serious problem in Hong Kong and expressed the Fire Sevices Department's condemnation of the acts that seriously affected the public safety and properties. It said in a statement Monday that "foreign legislatures should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs" of Hong Kong.

Although Hong Kong and China are considered one country, they have two systems of government.

The unrest has become the biggest challenge to Beijing's rule since it took over Hong Kong, and is an embarrassment to its ruling Communist Party ahead of October 1 celebrations of its 70th year in power. Protestors, however, feel that leaders in Beijing are trampling those rights.

Elsewhere, there were some incidents in Kowloon on Sunday night, including in Prince Edward, close to Mong Kok.

Hong Kong's government promised this past week to formally withdraw the bill, but that failed to appease the demonstrators, who have widened their demands to include calls for direct elections for the city's leaders and an independent probe into alleged police brutality against protesters.

Regarding the incidents in 2015 connected to a bookstore in Causeway Bay, the Hong Kong Police have not discovered evidence indicating there was "law enforcement across the boundary", said the spokesperson.

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Riot police dispersed demonstrators in parts of Central only for them to regather in other districts. Police fired projectiles at an angry crowd that was shining laser beams, and several people were detained.

"I hope Hong Kong will be calm again soon and no more violence", Lam said.

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

Some American legislators are pressing Trump to take a tougher stand on Hong Kong. Trump has suggested that it's a matter for China to handle, though he also has said that no violence should be used.

A huge banner that read "Do you trust the Communist Party?"

Wong had been charged with inciting and participating in an unauthorized assembly outside police headquarters on June 21 and released on bail.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong is released from police custody after being arrested for allegedly breaching conditions of his bail.

Some students also showed up five minutes late to class to represent the five demands, which also include an amnesty for more than 1,000 arrested protesters, an end to the description of the protests as "riots", and fully democratic elections for the chief executive and for LegCo; something that Beijing ruled out on August 31, 2014, sparking the Umbrella movement for democratic reform. "We have the same values of freedom and democracy as the United States", David Wong, a 30-year-old banker, told Epoch Times reporters at Chater Garden.

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