Activists in Hong Kong rallied near the US Consulate on Sunday, September 8, calling on American legislators to pass a bipartisan bill on human rights and democracy in the Chinese special administrative region.
The proposed Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019 would see annual reviews of Hong Kong’s level of autonomy and put at risk a special trade status granted to the region by the US.
Chinese authorities on September 6 warned the US to stop “interfering” in Hong Kong’s affairs, the South China Morning Post reported.
This rally comes days after Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, announced the full withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, which sparked 14 weeks of protests. The bill would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China for trial. Credit: SocREC via Storyful