Thousands Rally to Thank Trump for Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act
US President Trump issued a statement expressing respect for Chinese President Xi Jinping, China and Hong Kong people, and signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (Human Rights Bill) and the Protection of Hong Kong Bill, calling on China and Hong Kong to resolve differences to achieve long-term peace and prosperity.
The bill requires annual reviews of Hong Kong’s special trade status under American law, as well as sanctions against any officials deemed responsible for human rights abuses or undermining the city’s autonomy. A second Hong Kong measure also bans the export of crowd-control items such as tear gas and rubber bullets to the city’s police.
China expressed its outrage, condemnation and threatened retaliation. Hong Kong Government strongly opposes the bills as they significantly interfere with Hong Kong’s internal affairs and damage the relationship and interests between Hong Kong and the US.
The delegation of international affairs from the tertiary education community and the citizens’ Thanksgiving rally team organised the “Thanksgiving Rally for the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and Democracy Act” tonight to thank the US for passing the bill calling for prompt sanctions against the offenders. The rally has received a letter of no objection from the police.
At 7 pm, a crowd filled Edinburgh Place in Central. Thousands of people came to express gratitude to the US. The rally started by singing of the US national anthem led by an Italian soprano. Many American flags fluttered at the scene.