Thousands Rally in Hong Kong to Urge US to Pass 'Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act'

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Thousands of people, and several with American flags, rallied in Hong Kong on October 14, to urge the United States to pass the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019.”

According to The Straits Times, the act “proposes economic sanctions and penalties on Chinese and Hong Kong officials found to have suppressed democracy in the city.”

The bill seeks to “reaffirm the principles and objectives set forth in the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992,” and make amendments, according to the US Congress.

This includes an assessment as to “whether China has eroded Hong Kong’s civil liberties and rule of law as protected by Hong Kong’s Basic Law,” whether or not the US should withdraw from the US-Hong Kong extradition treaty, and provisions for “otherwise qualified Hong Kong residents” to obtain work or student visas even if they had been arrested for being a part of “certain nonviolent protests supporting human rights or the rule of law.”

Monday’s rally was held in front of Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal and overflowed into the surrounding streets and nearby Chater Garden. The event was the first officially approved protest since the anti-mask law was put in place, according to reports. Credit: SocREC via Storyful

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    Rex
    Did Hong Kong have more rights under the Brits or China? Answer that!
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    Tom
    provisions for “otherwise qualified Hong Kong residents” to obtain work or student visas even if they had been arrested for being a part of “certain nonviolent protests supporting human rights or the rule of law.”

    Is this why Hong Kong protesters always wear masks when throwing petro-bombs, shining lasers on police officers, setting subway station on fire and vandalizing buildings? Committing violent crimes while not wanting to get caught.
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    Anthony
    We can’t even pass a basic human rights act in the US, let alone a territory governed by China!
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    factswelcome
    Michael Pillsbury is right. America has purposefully installed a huge Consulate in Hong Kong as well as funneling millions of funds through NED there. They have needed the large number staff and huge spending to instigate unrest in Hong Kong. Now Hong Kongers are carrying American flags. Good job. America !!
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    Leslie
    Hk already ranks number 1 in Economic Freedom for the 25th year in a row.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/30/hong-kong-is-the-worlds-least-regulated-economy-despite-political-pressure.html

    Doesn't this seem like a contradiction to all the claims these protestors are making?!
    In an annual ranking of the Index of Economic Freedom, Hong Kong has come out on top for the 25th year in a row. That's despite the city coming under increasing political pressure from Beijing in recent years.
    In an annual ranking of the Index of Economic Freedom, Hong Kong has come out on top for the 25th year in a row. That's despite the city coming under increasing political pressure from Beijing in recent years.
    www.cnbc.com
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    TWMan
    It's ironic that Hong Kong people ignore the right of life of Poon Hiu-wing whom was killed in Taiwan by his 20-year-old boy friend Chan Tung-kai he ran back to Hong-Kong without trial. Hong-Kong oppose the Extradition Law to send Chen to Taiwan for trial, instead, Hong-kong shift objectives to only ask China for more democracy. Both Poon and China are innocent.
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    Henry
    Hong Kong already ranked #1 freedon place on the world, what else they still want?
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    Chuck
    Hong Kong people have the right to protest now but not under the British colonial rule. The American people c to protect like they are doing in Hong Kong now.
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    pig
    The Kurds wishes them goodluck
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    factswelcome
    What a Joke ! These MASKED Hong Kong rioters.
    America is actually 14 (fourteen) spots BELOW Hong Kong on the FREEDOM Index, sitting at #17. Hong Kong ranks among the top at #3.
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