Hong Kong protesters plan to take their democracy message to the UK consulate

HONG KONG, Sep 14 (Reuters / EP) –

Hong Kong protesters calling for democracy for the city ruled by China plan to take their message to the UK Consulate this Sunday after a new night of protests.

Thus, the protesters have organized several student rallies and seated in the city's shopping centers and have decided that they will hold a protest in front of the British consulate to demand that China respect a joint Chinese-British declaration that was signed in 1984, in which It describes the future of the former British colony after its return to China in 1997.

Hong Kong protesters plan to take their democracy message to the UK consulate
Hong Kong protesters plan to take their democracy message to the UK consulate

During the day on Friday, protesters have gathered peacefully throughout the city and have attended the Autumn Festival, in contrast to the violence that has been present in the region during the last weeks, where the police have had to repress the protests with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons.

Last week, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced a series of concessions to protesters in an attempt to end the mobilizations, including the final withdrawal of the extradition law, the norm that triggered the mobilization . Protesters have said that the rectification of the Hong Kong government is too late.

Hong Kong returned under Chinese sovereignty in 1997 thanks to an agreement with the United Kingdom whereby China undertook to maintain the regime of rights and freedoms enjoyed by the territory during colonial rule, which resulted in the beginning of 'a country , two systems'. However, many Hong Kong citizens fear that Beijing is destroying that autonomy.

China, on the other hand, denies the charge of interference and insists that Hong Kong is an “internal matter.” He has also denounced the protests, accusing the United States and the United Kingdom of fostering this situation of instability, and has warned of the damage it is causing in the economy. In this regard, the United Kingdom considers that it has a legal responsibility to ensure that China meets its obligations under the Joint Declaration.

In recent years, Hong Kong people have taken the streets massively to preserve this special status. They already did it in 2014, with the so-called Umbrella Revolution, in which many saw the 'Chinese Spring' although it was finally deactivated. The current protests threatened to resurrect this movement on the eve of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

In addition to calling for the withdrawal of the extradition bill and the release of detainees for violence, protesters want an independent investigation into the perception of police brutality, the withdrawal of the word “mutiny” to describe the demonstrations and the right of Hong Kong people to choose their own leaders. Protests have caused Chinese President Xi Jinping to face his biggest popular challenge since he came to power in 2012.

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