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US senator warns Hong Kong becoming ‘police state’ as thousands rally

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15.10.2019

HONG Kong is sliding towards becoming a police state, US senator Josh Hawley warned Monday, as tens of thousands filled the strife-torn city’s streets waving American flags and calling on Washington to punish China over sliding freedoms.

The international finance hub was battered by another weekend of unrest as hardcore pro-democracy protesters and police fought running battles with officers warning the violence had now reached “life-threatening levels”. rotests pushing for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability have raged for the last 19 weeks and there is little end in sight as Beijing and local leaders refuse concessions.

On Monday night a huge crowd filled Hong Kong’s commercial district to show support for a US bill that could dramatically alter Washington’s relationship with the trading hub.

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which could be discussed and voted on by the House of Representatives as early as this week, would require annual reviews of the territory’s special trading status — and........

© Asian Correspondent