Why Are the Hong Kong Protests Still Going? Protesters Joshua Wong and Brian Leung Explain
Why are the #HongKongProtests still going on?
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Brian Leung tell TicToc ahead of a hearing on Capitol Hill.
The U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China will hold a hearing on Hong Kong on Tuesday in Washington featuring testimony by Wong. Earlier this month, Lam pushed back against protester calls for the passage of U.S. legislation that would require annual assessments of whether the city was sufficiently autonomous from Beijing to continue its special trading status, and allow sanctions on Chinese officials.
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is backed by some prominent American lawmakers, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying earlier this month that Congress would advance a bill supporting “democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the face of Beijing’s crackdown.” Revoking Hong Kong’s special trading status could devastate the city’s economy.
Earlier this year, a U.S. government report said the city’s autonomy was “sufficient — although diminished.”
Wong, a prominent student leader of the city’s 2014 Occupy movement, served jail time for his involvement in those pro-democracy protests. Despite being rounded up with other well-known opposition voices late last month, neither he nor other activists have been seen as central figures in the recent unrest.
June in opposition to controversial legislation allowing extraditions to mainland China and widened into a broader movement against Beijing’s increasing grip on the city. They show no signs of stopping anytime soon, even after Lam scrapped the bill on Sept. 4.
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