It was another chaotic weekend in Hong Kong, as pro-democracy activists again clashed with police. Tear gas and water cannons were used to disperse crowds who reportedly set fires and threw Molotov cocktails at law enforcement.
The protests that began four months ago are intensifying in the run-up to tomorrow's 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. On Saturday, FOX News contributor and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in on the demonstrations, writing:
As the Hong Kong protests continue and calls for freedom become more widespread, the United States now has an opportunity to take action.
More than 20 years after the British handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, the high degree of autonomy and freedoms promised to the Hong Kong people have been suppressed and violated by the ruling Chinese Communist Party. ...
Leaders in Congress on both sides of the aisle have made strong statements condemning the Chinese and Hong Kong governments' exploits – but now is the time to attach action to words.
A bill in Congress called the "Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act" would exert U.S.-government pressure in support of the island's independence. It's time for lawmakers in D.C. to do their part to help! Gingrich is calling on Congress to sign the bill, because:
The United States has a clear moral and economic interest in preserving the autonomy and freedoms allotted to the people of Hong Kong.
The Human Rights and Democracy Act will send an important signal that the United States will act to protect the rights of the people of Hong Kong – and continue to be a leading advocate for freedom in the world.
+ + "Freedom Fighters" In Hong Kong Need Your Support!
Grassfire wants to empower our team members to stand with the brave "freedom fighters" in Hong Kong and against China's authoritative rule. Thousands of men and women are protesting Chinese control over Hong Kong by singing OUR national anthem and waving the American flag! By doing that, they're asking the people of the United States for their support. Let's give it to them!
+ + Citizen Action: Sign The "Stand With Hong Kong" Petition Now!
Grassfire has launched a "Stand With Hong Kong" national petition to let House and Senate leaders know that thousands of patriotic, liberty-loving Americans support the peaceful efforts of the Hong Kong freedom fighters. When we reach the key threshold of 20,000 signatures, Grassfire will hand-deliver your petition on Capitol Hill.
Call on Senators and Representatives to follow the President's lead and support pro-democracy protests by passing the "Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act"! You can add your name to the "Stand With Hong Kong" national petition with just one click. Go here now.
While Grassfire doesn't condone violence, we do support the Hong Kong protestors' peaceful efforts to demand and gain independence from an oppressive Chinese regime. A non-violent, well-negotiated resolution should be everyone's goal. Tell Congress to join you in standing with the Hong Kong freedom fighters!
For liberty and limited government,
The Grassfire Team
P.S. Again, by clicking on ANY of the links inside this email, your name will be instantly added to the list of liberty-loving Americans who support the brave freedom fighters of Hong Kong. Sign the national "Stand With Hong Kong" petition by clicking here now. The petition states:
"As an independent, liberty-loving, patriotic American, I stand with the Hong Kong freedom fighters. They have honored us by singing our national anthem and waving our flag during their protests for autonomy from China. I choose to honor their bravery and resolve by signing the national "Stand With Hong Kong" petition. I urge you, a duly elected member of Congress, to take immediate action to use the power and influence of the U.S. government to urge leaders in Beijing to loosen restrictions, relinquish control and increase freedom in Hong Kong."
When you click on the link below to read the full article, your name will be automatically added to the "Stand With Hong Kong" national petition: