Hong Kong activists appeal to USA lawmakers to help movement

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Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to China in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula that ensures freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, including right of assembly and an independent judiciary.

"We can not let commercial interests drive our policy", Pelosi said.

In the past three months, Hong Kong has witnessed numerous acts of blocking the traffic, surrounding government buildings, destroying public property, attacking police officers, and desecrating the national flag.

"Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate enthusiastically support this legislation", Pelosi said.

Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong (L) and Denise Ho, attend a Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing to examine developments in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

We urge the United States and other sides to stop interfering in China's affairs, and we would like to warn certain people that any attempts to disrupt Hong Kong by soliciting foreign support will not succeed.

But another bill supplied in the Dwelling remaining week with enhance from Republicans and Democrats, the "PROTECT Hong Kong Act", would bar commercial exports of some crowd-preserve watch over devices to the Hong Kong police drive. "Instead, Hong Kong's leaders are beholden to the Chinese government", said Democratic Representative from Massachusetts James McGovern.

US lawmakers will move next week to begin passing legislation combating human rights abuses in Hong Kong, an action meant to send long-term support to democracy activists there.

The measure has bipartisan support in both chambers.

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Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang commented on the move while speaking to reporters on Thursday. "We are in the forefront of this very global fight for universal values".

The report comes as US lawmakers ramp up pressure on Hong Kong's government and could fuel more protests or support for a movement that has seized on aggressive police tactics to sustain its momentum, including the case of a woman who was hit in the eye.

The rights watchdog said in interviews with 21 arrested protesters, it found many had been beaten by police with batons before and during their arrest, with some beaten afterwards while in custody. An email suspected of being sent by the Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association warned members to "seriously take their own interests into consideration" to avoid "unnecessary loss" due to taking part in the film awards, but that piece of information has never been confirmed.

Hong Kong film director Johnnie To (杜琪峯) has resigned as the jury president of the 56th Golden Horse Awards after a boycott by Beijing led to the withdrawal of Chinese and Hong Kong films from the Taiwan-based awards.

Will Hong Kong be forced to submit to communist China's ever-increasing control over the people of Hong Kong?

Congress is now considering several bills that would require human rights reports on Hong Kong, sanction those responsible for "the erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy", and bar the sale of equipment such as rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas to Hong Kong's security forces.

Major protests are expected on October 1, which will be the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party-governed People's Republic of China.

"The "one country, two systems" principle has been fully and successfully implemented", a spokesman said in a statement.

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