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Hong Kong pupils form human chain

Hong Kong pupils form human chain

Hong Kong - Over 150 people were arrested during mass protests in Hong Kong over the weekend, police said on Monday, as authorities warned foreign governments not to interfere in the semi-autonomous city's "internal affairs".

Some of the placards and banners displayed at the rally appealed directly to the USA president, with slogans like "President Trump, please save Hong Kong" and "Make Hong Kong great again".

'Hong Kong is at the forefront of the battle against the totalitarian regime of China, ' said Panzer Chan, one of the march's organisers.

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Chinese officials have accused foreign forces of trying to hurt Beijing by creating chaos in Hong Kong over a hugely unpopular extradition bill that would have allowed suspects to be tried in Communist Party-controlled courts.

Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula that guarantees freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.

Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters who built barricades, started blazes and paralyzed traffic in the territory's prime business area yesterday after a peaceful march to the USA consulate in a bid to ramp up global pressure on Beijing. Protestors, however, feel that leaders in Beijing are trampling those rights.

Secondary school students hold a Mickey Mouse doll with an eye patch as they form a human chain in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, Sept. 9, 2019.

The bill, which was introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in June, would impose economic sanctions and other penalties on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who suppress democracy and human rights.

The protesters marched on Sunday from Chater Garden in Central to Lower Albert Road, where they handed a petition letter to a representative at the U.S. Consulate.

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The protesters' other demands include the retraction of the word "riot" to describe demonstrations, the release of all those arrested and the right for Hong Kong people to choose their own leaders. Angry protesters smashed glass windows and sprayed graffiti at the station's exits.

But anti-China campaigners seized on the opportunity and launched protests that soon turned violent, with rioters attacking the police and government buildings.

China's state-run newspaper Global Times labelled protesters taking part in the September 8 march as "radicals" in an opinion article published on September 9, comparing them to "a flock of chickens seeking weasels as bodyguards".

Later Sunday, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the popular shopping district Causeway Bay.

Yesterday's rally followed violent clashes overnight between protesters and police at several metro stations.

"But Hong Kong has been so close to the US, economically and socially, it has never been a target of the USA government, so why should they use such a particular bill to punish Hong Kong?" he added. Political analysts suggest that Trump's response has been muted because he doesn't want to disrupt talks with China over their tariff war. He has said he believes the U.S. trade war with China is making Beijing tread carefully.

TENSIONS remained high in Hong Kong today as masked protesters surrounded schools to block students from entering after demanding intervention from Donald Trump amid the weekend's violence.

The protests are an embarrassment to China's ruling Communist Party ahead of the October 1 celebration of its 70th anniversary in power. He said he expected to be released Monday but called his overnight detention "utterly unreasonable".

Citizens then occupied the streets of the city for two months before Chinese police eventually tore down tents and flags bringing the protests to an end.