Don't interfere with our internal affairs, Hong Kong govt warns foreigners

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Last Wednesday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam withdrew an extradition bill that sparked these recent weeks of demonstrations. The bill has since been formally withdrawn.

Another round of violence between protesters and police broke out on Sunday night which ended with a volunteer aid worker shot by police with a bean bag round or rubber bullet. "How could you use tear gas against your own people?" Video does not show any protesters standing near officers.

Activists started fires in the street and vandalised a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station in the main business district of Central on Sunday after thousands rallied peacefully at the US consulate, calling for help in bringing democracy to the special administrative region.

Chinese state media on Monday said Hong Kong was an inseparable part of China and any form of secessionism "will be crushed". Hong Kong authorities were limiting airport transport services and controlling access to terminals Saturday as they braced for the second weekend of disruption following overnight demonstrations that turned violent. Three Hongkongers who remained inside the station were arrested. "This is not my Hong Kong". "Please support us in our fight".

The US Congress should not interfere in any way in the internal affairs of Hong Kong, the city's government said in a statement on Sunday evening, after tens of thousands of protesters called for the re-introduction of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The US flag-wavers do not represent the majority of Hongkongers who participate in the protests. They are a result of foreign interference. "We have the same values of freedom and democracy as the United States", David Wong, a 30-year-old banker, told Epoch Times reporters at Chater Garden.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, center, talks to the press with Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Luo Wen-jia, right, after meeting DPP political leaders in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

South China Morning Post columnist Alex Lo was more explicit his condemnation of the legislation.

Despite Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997, the United States has dealt with Hong Kong as a separate entity distinct from the mainland in matters of economics and trade. "To mess up Hong Kong?"

Demonstrators flooded a park in central Hong Kong, chanting "Resist Beijing, Liberate Hong Kong" and "Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom".

Some students also showed up five minutes late to class to represent the five demands, which also include an amnesty for more than 1,000 arrested protesters, an end to the description of the protests as "riots", and fully democratic elections for the chief executive and for LegCo; something that Beijing ruled out on August 31, 2014, sparking the Umbrella movement for democratic reform. "The damage is done", said pro-democracy lawmaker and member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council Claudia Mo, adding, "The scars and wounds are still bleeding in Hong Kong". "T$3 he Chinese government can not afford [to destroy] Hong Kong's financial center status yet". Sanctions are not necessarily a wise measure. It might be best to support protesters in other ways including donations or diplomacy. The solutions may not come from government but individuals doing what they can to help.

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