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‘Stand with Hong Kong!’: Protesters ask Trump to ‘liberate’ territory from China

2019-09-08

Protesters carry US national flags during a march from Chater Garden to the US Consulate in Hong Kong on September 8, 2019. (VIVEK PRAKASH/AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters in Hong Kong asked President Trump to free them from Chinese control as the island territory continues to reel from unrest.

Thousands of demonstrators held a peaceful march to the U.S. Consulate to Hong Kong on Sunday.

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“Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” they shouted before distributing petitions at the U.S. Consulate, according to Reuters. “Resist Beijing, liberate Hong Kong.”

As part of its plea for U.S. intervention, the protesters also sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”

“Hong Kong is at the forefront of the battle against the totalitarian regime of China,” the Associated Press quoted march organizer Panzer Chan as saying. “Please support us in our fight.”

While the march started out peacefully, violence broke out after demonstrators vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic in Hong Kong’s business and retail district, AP reported. Police responded with tear gas.

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The island territory has been rocked by protests since authorities proposed a law allowing extradition to China earlier this summer. Beijing has controlled Hong Kong since 1997.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday called on China to show restraint. Trump was yet to comment on reports of the protesters’ ’ plea as of Sunday afternoon.

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