HONG KONG — The Hong Kong government has warned foreign legislatures against interfering in the city after protesters marched on the US consulate on Sunday (Sept 8) to urge Congress to pass a bill on human rights in the city.
Protesters set up barricades, smashed windows, started street fires and vandalised an MTR station on Sunday after thousands crowded outside the US Consulate to show their support for the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.
The Act supports the “people of Hong Kong in their effort to preserve human rights and the rule of law in Hong Kong”, US Representative Jim McGovern had said when reintroducing the Bill in June.
In a statement on Monday, the Hong Kong government said: “In response to protesters’ march to the United States Consulate General Hong Kong yesterday appealing for the passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act by members of the US Congress, a spokesman for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government expresses regret over the reintroduction of the Act and reiterates that foreign legislatures should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs of the HKSAR.”
The government also condemned the actions of the “radical protesters”, adding that several MTR stations had to be closed on Sunday to protect “the safety of passengers, MTR staff members and the facilities”.
It comes as Chinese state media reported on Monday that Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China and that any form of secessionism “will be crushed”.