BREAKING: Thousands of Hong Kong protestors march to U.S. consulate in show of gratitude to Trump [VIDEO, PHOTOS]
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Thousands of people in Hong Kong marched to the U.S. consulate on Sunday in a show of thanks to Congress and President Trump for passing and signing a law supporting their cause last week. Riot police responded with canisters of tear gas and rubber bullets after demonstrators threw bricks and smoke bombs, the AP reports.
The marches ended a brief lull in demonstrations after the region held elections for its district council, which saw pro-democracy candidates win a landslide victory. Some protesters said the marches were necessary to pressure city leader Carrie Lam to make concessions, as she has only accepted one of their five demands thus far — the withdrawal of the extradition bill that set off the months-long crisis.
The article goes on to state the following:
The bill, which was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House, serves as a major rebuke of China at a time when Washington and Beijing are engaged in critical trade talks. China has warned that it will take retaliatory measures if the bill becomes law.
The Chater Garden protesters are set to march to the US Consulate later. It is the second main protest on Sunday, following a peaceful march to Admiralty’s Government Headquarters in the morning.
— Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) December 1, 2019
Scores of flag-bearers lead the march as it starts up Garden Road, chants of “stand with Hong Kong!” giving way to anti-police heckling as they encounter a heavy riot police presence along the whole route that just skirts the US consulate walls. pic.twitter.com/NOsEhNggHI
— Ryan Ho Kilpatrick 何松濤 (@rhokilpatrick) December 1, 2019
Hundreds of Hong Kong anti-government protesters march to thank American lawmakers for supporting pro-democracy demonstrations https://t.co/b1lKvtGxdy
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) December 1, 2019
Hong Kong protesters gather outside the US consulate to thank American lawmakers for pushing through the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act pic.twitter.com/Cwqf6gCrDk
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) December 1, 2019
American flags abound in Hong Kong! 🇺🇸A large crowd gathered at the Gratitude to the USA Rally. This year’s #Thanksgiving has been meaning to #HongKongProtesters.
We are marching to the US Consulate to thank President Trump for signing this bicameral, bipartisan #HKHRDA into law! pic.twitter.com/OccKZPp8PC
— Kate 케이트 🇭🇰🇺🇸🇰🇷🏳️🌈🦄 (@Kate61164505) December 1, 2019
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