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Hong Kong school students form human chains after weekend protests

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Hundreds of high school students, many wearing masks, formed human chains in areas across Hong Kong on Monday in support of anti-government protesters after clashes over the weekend in the Chinese-ruled city.

Metro stations, which were closed on Sunday, have reopened amid sometimes violent clashes, although tensions remain high in the Asian financial center.

The Hong Kong government has warned foreign lawmakers not to interfere in the internal affairs of the former British colony after thousands of protesters appealed to US President Donald Trump to “liberate” the city.

Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China and any form of separatism will be “crushed,” state media said on Monday, a day after demonstrators gathered at the US consulate to seek help in the city’s democracy.

Sunday’s rally in Hong Kong was evidence that outside powers were behind the protests that began in mid-June and warned demonstrators to “stop testing the patience of the central government,” the China Daily said.

Hong Kong has been the scene of protests for three months over a bill that has been withdrawn to hand over suspects to China. The protests turned into a wider backlash against the government. Many activists are angry over Hong Kong Chief Executive Kari Lam’s refusal to agree to an independent investigation into charges of police brutality during the demonstrations.

Other demands of the protesters include a retreat from the use of the word “riot” to describe the demonstrations, the release of all detainees and the right of Hong Kong residents to choose their leaders.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule under the “one country, two systems” formula, which ensured that the city’s inhabitants enjoyed freedoms not allowed on the mainland. Many Hong Kong residents fear Beijing will curtail this autonomy.

China denies accusations of interference and says Hong Kong is an internal affair. It condemned the protests, accusing the United States and Britain of fomenting unrest and warning against damaging the economy.

A senior US official said on condition of anonymity that “the United States continues to follow events in Hong Kong.

“Freedom of expression and assembly are fundamental values ​​that we share with the people of Hong Kong and these freedoms must be strongly protected. As the president said, ‘They are looking for democracy and I think most people want democracy.’

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