A person shouts in the direction of riot police throughout a protest close to Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong, China September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tons of of Hong Kong protesters gathered downtown for a march to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday, calling on President Donald Trump to liberate the Chinese language-ruled metropolis, the most recent in a sequence of demonstrations which have gripped town for months.
Police stood by as protesters waved the Stars and Stripes and placards interesting for U.S. assist, calling for democracy after one other evening of violence within the 14th week of unrest.
U.S. Protection Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday urged the Chinese language authorities to train restraint in Hong Kong.
Esper made his name in Paris as police in Hong Kong prevented protesters from blocking entry to the airport however fired tear fuel for a second evening working within the densely populated district of Mong Kok.
Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam introduced concessions this week aimed toward ending the protests, together with formally scrapping a massively unpopular extradition invoice, which ignited the unrest in June. Many protesters stated the concessions have been too little, too late.
The previous British colony of Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 underneath a “one nation, two methods” system that ensures freedoms not loved on the mainland. Many Hong Kong residents concern Beijing is eroding that autonomy.
China denies the accusation of meddling and says Hong Kong is an inside affair. It has denounced the protests, accusing the USA and Britain of fomenting unrest, and warned of the harm to the financial system.
Writing by Nick Macfie; Enhancing by Michael Perry