Hong Kong celebrates Thanksgiving as US signs Human Rights & Democracy act

Hong Kong celebrates Thanksgiving as US signs Human Rights & Democracy act

Hong Kong celebrates Thanksgiving as US signs Human Rights & Democracy act

On Sunday afternoon organizers have planned a "march of gratitude" where activists are planning to march to the U.S. consulate.

Hong Kong has seen relative calm since local elections last week delivered an overwhelming victory to pro-democracy candidates.

Anti-government protests have rocked the former British colony since June, at times forcing government offices, businesses, schools and even the global airport to shut down.

He said he hoped that Sunday's demonstrations, all three of which received permits called "letters of no objection", would stay peaceful.

Since the unrest broke, protesters have disrupted traffic, smashed public facilities and pro-China shops, and hurled gasoline bombs in pitched battles with riot police who have responded with volleys of tear gas and water cannons.

More than 3,000 people have been detained during the last five months and the city has slipped into recession for the first time in a decade as it grapples with the turmoil and the impact from the US-China trade war.

About 100 officers first entered the Polytechnic campus on Thursday to collect evidence and remove risky items.

The reports also said a Taiwanese man, Lee Meng Chu, was held for "allegedly spying and leaking China's national secrets" and backing the Hong Kong protests.

President Trump has also signed into law a bill created to support pro-democracy protesters after a huge bipartisan push.

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong expressed thanks for President Trump on Thursday, holding up a picture of him as the fictional boxer Rocky Balboa.

More rallies are being planned in Hong Kong for Sunday, including an anti-tear gas protest and a gratitude march to the U.S. Consulate. They carried yellow balloons and waved banners that read "No tear gas, save our children".

"It has been approved by police, but we have riot police the whole way along the route of this march monitoring things".

On Nov 15, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters that the detention of the professor at Hokkaido University was one of the matters of bilateral concern that Japan wanted to resolve to create a "good environment" to receive Xi. The government needs to listen to the people.

By the late afternoon, shots of tear gas had been fired, sending the crowd scattering and coughing.

A crowd of protesters gathered outside the UK Consulate-General in Hong Kong on the evening of November 29, in support of a former British consulate employee in Hong Kong, who said he was detained and tortured by Chinese authorities.

But China denies interfering, and says it is committed to the "one country, two systems" formula put in place at that time.

The article contains "inappropriate comments on the situation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region".

The US laws, which passed both chambers of Congress nearly unanimously, mandate sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses in Hong Kong, require an annual review of Hong Kong's favourable trade status and prohibit the export to Hong Kong police of certain non-lethal munitions.

Dozens had gathered to mark three months since police stormed a subway auto in Prince Edward station and hit people with batons and pepper spray.

There have been repeated violent clashes between police and protesters, who have called for police accountability and fully free elections. A rally planned for December 8 by Civil Human Rights Front, the group that organised million-strong marches in June, is likely to provide the best gauge of the democracy movement's support.

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