rotesters in Hong Kong called upon Donald Trump to “liberate” their city during a red, white, and blue march on Sunday to the US consulate.
Tens of thousands made their way together to the consulate, some waving the US flag and belting out the Star-Spangled Banner, in an effort to ask the US government to put increased pressure on the Beijing to listen to their demands.
Police approved march to the US consulate today to petition for the Hong Kong human rights and democracy act – lots of chants in English today – “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong” and “Resist Beijing, Liberate Hong Kong” pic.twitter.com/VLYebddvjn
— Erin Hale (@erinhale) September 8, 2019
Hong Kong today marching to the US Consulate.#FreeHongKong
— Joshua Potash 🆘 (@JoshuaPotash) September 8, 2019
Some interesting signs in #HongKong during the parade to US Consulate today.
“Will you stand by and let us burn?”#HongKongProtests #HKHumanRightsandDemocracyAct #HongKongers #antiELABhk #FreedomHK #FreeHK #StandWithHongKong pic.twitter.com/clg86cGb8n
— Jeremy Sandberg (@JeremyJSandberg) September 8, 2019
Trump himself has shown relatively little interest in the situation in Hong Kong. Last month, he suggested that Xi Jinping should personally meet with the protesters and thus work out a “happy and enlightened” ending. He has not tweeted about the rally, instead sharing videos of his daughter in South America and lashing out at Chrissy Teigen.
Other US politicians, however, have often spoken up about the issue. Most notably, a bipartisan group of legislators have introduced the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019” which threatens to reaccess whether Hong Kong is “sufficiently autonomous” enough to merit receiving the special economic considerations it has been granted.
The rally will likely do little to quiet accusations from Beijing and Chinese state media that the US is the black hand behind the protests which have continued now into their 14th straight week even after Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam formally withdrew the controversial extradition bill which first ignited demonstrations.
While the withdrawal was one of the protesters’ demands, they still have four more and have since rallied around a new slogan: “Five demands, not one less.”