Hong Kong — Monday marked the end of the third straight month in Hong Kong’s “summer of protest .” Over the weekend, thousands of people hit the streets again — this time parading American flags and singing the U.S. National Anthem in the hope of getting Washington’s attention. Many Hong Kongers want the U.S. Congress to take up and pass the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act,” which would punish officials in Hong Kong and mainland China if they suppress liberties and freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Asian financial hub, known for its stability and growth into an economic miracle during the past half-decade, has been in the throes of the worst chaos and violence it’s seen in modern memory. A controversial China extradition bill first lit the match of anger that has exploded into million-person marches, and the “five demands” made by the pro-democracy movement. Hong Kong’s deeply unpopular chief executive Carrie Lam has announced the official withdrawal of that despised bill, but protesters still seethe. Four demands remain: an independent probe into police brutality, amnesty for all anti-government protesters arrested, the retraction of the word “rioters” to describe such protesters and the resignation of Lam… Read full this story
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