China sanctions United States over Hong Kong unrest

Clay Curtis
December 2, 2019

The bill also says the USA should allow Hong Kong residents to obtain U.S. visas if they have been arrested for being part of non-violent protests.

A police statement said minimum force was deployed after "hundreds of rioters hurled smoke bombs" and bricks.

Some of the young protesters waved American flags, a sign of appreciation after President Donald Trump this week signed into law bills that back the protesters and threaten China with possible sanctions on human rights. "Although the pan-democrats have gained a landslide victory, it doesn't change the fact that the government is still ignoring us".

Riot officers fired tear gas and pepper-spray balls in clashes with some of the protesters. Many of them put their hands in the air with five fingers outstretched, a symbol of the recent mass protests.

Along with suspending visits by official US military ships and aircraft, Hua said China would sanction organizations including the National Endowment for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Human Rights Watch, the International Republican Institute, Freedom House, and others that she said had "performed badly" in the Hong Kong unrest.

So far, only one has been met - the formal removal of a extradition bill that would have allowed people within Hong Kong to be arrested and tried in mainland Chinese courts.

Anti-government protesters hold up five fingers for their five demands during the "Lest We Forget" rally in Hong Kong's Kowloon neighbourhood on Sunday.

Hong Kong's protests have been relatively peaceful during the two weeks around the November 24 elections, but Sunday's disruption indicated there may be more violence if Lam fails to yield to protesters' demands.

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The measures were announced by China's Foreign Ministry in response to United States legislation passed last week supporting anti-government protesters. One showed him standing atop a tank with "Trump" emblazoned on the front and side.

"A lot of parents are anxious that their children are affected, because their children are coughing, breaking out in rashes and so forth", said social worker and march organizer Leo Kong.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and Chief of Asia Pacific Section OHCHR, Rory Mungoven, are seen during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur October 5, 2019.

China said on Monday US military ships and aircraft won't be allowed to visit Hong Kong, and also announced sanctions against several US non-government organisations for encouraging protesters to "engage in extremist, violent and criminal acts".

In the article published earlier yesterday, Bachelet urged authorities in Hong Kong to conduct "a proper independent and impartial judge-led investigation into reports of excessive use of force by the police".

She also said that Lam's government must prioritize "meaningful, inclusive" dialogue to resolve the crisis.

On Saturday, Hong Kong's chief secretary said officials will not investigate police brutality, but they will develop a commission to restore the region's peace and order.

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