Protesters wear 'Make Hong Kong Great Again' hats to ask Donald Trump for help
Demonstrators in Hong Kong marched to the US Embassy today waving US flags and wearing ‘Make Hong Kong Great Again’ hats to appeal to Donald Trump.
Thousands asked the US president to ‘liberate’ their city as they press for more democratic freedom in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Those who took part met in a park in central Hong Kong and chanted ‘Resist Beijing, Liberate Hong Kong’.
Borrowing the president’s campaign winning ‘MAGA’ slogan, demonstrators also wore masks and carried posters with Mr Trump’s face on and the words: ‘President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong’.
Riot police kept watch as they began their march to the nearby US Embassy.
Organiser Panzer Chan said: ‘Hong Kong is at the forefront of the battle against the totalitarian regime of China. Please support us in our fight.’
Hong Kong has been rocked by a summer of unrest kicked off by a proposed law that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.
Many saw the extradition Bill as a glaring example of the Chinese territory’s eroding autonomy since the former British colony was returned to China in 1997.
Hong Kong’s government promised last week to withdraw the Bill – an early demand of protesters – but that has failed to appease the demonstrators, who have widened their demands to include other issues, such as greater democracy.
The unrest has become the biggest challenge to Beijing’s rule since Hong Kong’s return from Britain.
Beijing and the entirely state-controlled media have portrayed the protests as an effort by criminals to split the territory from China, backed by hostile foreigners.
Protesters today urged Washington to pass a Bill, known as the Hong Kong Democratic and Human Rights Act, to support their cause.
The Bill proposes sanctions against Hong Kong and Chinese officials found to suppress democracy and human rights in the city, and could also affect Hong Kong’s preferential trade status with the US
The US State Department said in a travel advisory on Friday that Beijing has undertaken a propaganda campaign ‘falsely accusing the United States of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong’.
It said American citizens and embassy staff have been the target of the propaganda and urged them to exercise increased caution.
Some US politicians have spoken out strongly in support of the Hong Kong protesters and voiced concern about the potential for a brutal crackdown by China.
Mr Trump, however, has indicated that the US would stay out of a matter he considers to be between Hong Kong and China.
He has said he believes the US trade war with China is making Beijing tread carefully.
More violent clashes broke out overnight between protesters and police at several train stations.
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