Pro-democracy demonstrators and police squared off again in Hong Kong over the weekend. Protests that began four months ago have become more violent recently.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, on Saturday, "Protesters threw Molotov cocktails and police fired tear gas and made several arrests. ... The march in the Tuen Mun neighborhood, which was approved by authorities, started peacefully as thousands walked down a main street, with some waving flags from the U.S. and other democratic countries. At one point, however, protesters gathered at an intersection along the route to yell at nearby riot police, who eventually charged to disperse the crowd."
According to The New York Post: "Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set massive street fires, trashed two subway stations and trampled the Chinese flag Sunday. ... Demonstrators have faced off with authorities since June over alleged attempts by the Chinese government to stifle freedoms that Hong Kong was promised when the British handed the former colony to China in 1997."
While Grassfire doesn't condone violence, we do support the protestors' peaceful efforts to demand and gain independence from China. The Journal says some demonstrators blame law enforcement for the increased violence. But regardless of who's responsible, a peaceful resolution should be everyone's goal.
+ + "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!
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 to do their part to help!
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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.
For liberty and limited government,
The Grassfire Team
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"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."
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Hong Kong Unrest Persists With Violence Between Protestors, Police (The Wall Street Journal)
Massive street fires erupt amid violence at Hong Kong protests (The New York Post)