Beijing tells US to 'stop meddling' over Hong Kong democracy Bill

BEIJING: Beijing called for Washington to “stop meddling” on Wednesday after the US House of Representatives passed a bill aiming at ...



BEIJING: Beijing called for Washington to “stop meddling” on Wednesday after the US House of Representatives passed a bill aiming at defending civil rights in the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong.
“We express our strong indignation and firm opposition to the US House of Representatives’ insistence on passing the so-called ‘Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act’,” said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.
Student leaders including the teenage face of the pro-democracy movement, Joshua Wong, were charged by police today as Hong Kong authorities target prominent figures who spearheaded mass rallies.

“I was held for three hours and I was arrested on charges of calling for, inciting and participating in an unauthorised assembly,” Wong, 18, said at the police headquarters.
Three other student leaders face similar charges. All have been released
Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said a widely loathed proposal to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland ‘is dead’ – but again stopped short of protester demands to withdraw the bill.
The finance hub has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history following a month of huge marches as well as separate violent confrontations with police involving a minority of hardcore protesters.
“There are still lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity or worries (about) whether the government will restart the process with the Legislative Council,” she said in a press conference.
“So I reiterate here, there is no such plan. The bill is dead.”
The rallies were sparked by a now-suspended law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.
But they have since morphed into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory.
(VOICE NEWS)

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