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Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong Want Americans to Pay Attention

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Communist Party's rule in China. Protestors in Hong Kong opened up about risking police violence to stand up for democracy — and they want Americans to pay attention.

Call for local governments to act

Beatrice Li and Andy Li say they used to be ordinary Hong Kong citizens. Now they risk police violence to protest for democracy in their city. They use their batons, their pepper spray against people who are just happened to be traveling on a train. And they storm into a train, they beat people up, and then they get out. They do not do any arrests to those people. They travelled abroad with a small group of activists to make sure other countries hear their message. And they have a message for President Trump.

We are in Paris, we have Hong Kongers in Berlin, we have Hong Kongers in Strasbourg, in London. All of us, all Hong Kongers, are calling for unity, for solidarity among Hong Kongers around the world, and to call for local governments to act. To enact policies. To offer relief to freedom fighters on the other side of the world. President Trump: listen to Hong Kongers calling from the other side of the world. Listen to Hong Kongers on US soil, calling for your government to act. Listen to American citizens calling on you to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy act. Show that America is not to be bullied around by China. Show that America stands with the people, with freedom, and with human rights.

In April, the Chinese government proposed an extradition bill that threatened Hong Kong's legal autonomy from the mainland. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets, launching months of massive protests. There was a violent police crackdown. Today, just leaving Hong Kong is risky. Despite the danger, Beatrice and Andy said Hong Kongers were committed to fighting on. Hong Kong's government promised to withdraw the extradition bill but many Hong Kongers remain skeptical. They say that anyone who cares about democracy should pay attention to what is happening in Hong Kong.

Brut.

10/01/2019 10:24 AM

18 comments

  • TC M.
    10/01/2019 10:26

    Şerefsiz Çin şerefiz abd ALLAH belanızı verecek İNŞALLAH ☝️

  • Tariq A.
    10/01/2019 10:29

    Free Hong Kong

  • Jaime G.
    10/01/2019 11:20

    Hong Kong. USA. can’t do anything for you this is your fight, your revolutionary war, you have the power to change your government. Any country that disturbs your Democratic process is an act of war. Fight the good fight for your future.

  • Staink G.
    10/01/2019 13:06

    Pathetic flash mobs.

  • Brut
    10/01/2019 13:31

    Protests have erupted in Hong Kong as China marks 70 years of Communist rule. This is the latest: https://www.cnn.com/asia/live-news/china-hong-kong-oct-1-live-intl-hnk/index.html

  • Dolma T.
    10/01/2019 17:29

    Hong Kong people are brave..salute

  • Renfebron R.
    10/01/2019 20:23

    Its not only Hongkongers who are suffering those Uighurs Muslim Chinese in Urumqi & Tibet are as well against Chinas Dictatorial Regime

  • Tim L.
    10/02/2019 01:29

    It belongs to China. China is not letting go of it.

  • Oscar A.
    10/04/2019 12:07

    It’s pronounced Gina. -TRUMPF

  • TJ M.
    10/04/2019 15:07

    You go Hong Kong. That's standing up for your rights. Good luck..

  • Johnny F.
    10/05/2019 22:02

    Umbrellas!

  • Albert S.
    10/06/2019 11:44

    Go fight for your country. leave us out. we are not the worlds police!!!!

  • Reta C.
    10/07/2019 20:09

    Ever country should fight for your rights

  • Mykle A.
    6 days

    Be strong you are starting to understand the value of freedom. Those in our country are giving it away for the type of government your fighting against 🤔

  • Ricardo R.
    5 days

    Watched the whole thing. Was that the New Socialist Democrat party.

  • Brandon F.
    5 days

    I support Hong Kong, not sure what we can do without starting a war,

  • Leo B.
    4 days

    Freedom for Hong Kong

  • Christopher S.
    a day

    We have our own fights here in the US. We have to focus on fixing our land. We can't help you.