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Hong Kong students form a human chain in several districts after another weekend of protests

HONG KONG, Sep 9 (Reuters / EP) –

Hundreds of high school students, many of them dressed in uniforms and masks, have formed human chains in several districts of Hong Kong on Monday to support anti-government protesters, after another weekend of clashes between police and protesters.

Subway stations closed during the day on Sunday for protests have reopened, although the atmosphere in the Asian financial center remains tense.

Hong Kong students form a human chain in several districts after another weekend of protests
Hong Kong students form a human chain in several districts after another weekend of protests

The Hong Kong Government has asked foreign governments not to interfere in the internal affairs of the former British colony, after thousands of protesters asked US President Donald Trump to “free” the city.

China's state media outlets said on Monday that Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China and that any form of secessionism “will be stifled.”

Thus, the newspaper 'China Daily' has ensured that the fact that protesters have asked Washington to pass a motion in support of pro-democratic protests and in defense of Human Rights, is an example that foreign authorities are behind the protests

In addition, this newspaper has called on protesters to stop “testing the patience” of the central government.

The protesters maintain the demonstrations despite the decision of the leader of the Hong Kong Government, Carrie Lam, who last Wednesday withdrew the bill that would allow the extraditions of Hong Kong to mainland China, the origin of the protests.

These mobilizations have sometimes paralyzed parts of the city, an important Asian financial center, due to street clashes between protesters and the Police, which has responded with tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons. Violent arrests of protesters have drawn international attention.

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'.

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.

Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of this movement that took place five years ago, is called to appear in court on Monday for violating bail conditions after his arrest in August, when he was accused of inciting and participating in a non-assembly. authorized.

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