Hong Kong protesters sing Star Spangled Banner in appeal to Trump for help

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Protesters march from Chater Garden to the US consulate in Hong Kong on September 8, 2019, to call on the US to pressure Beijing to meet their demands and for Congress to pass a recently proposed bill that expresses support for the protest movement.[HONG KONG] Thousands of Hong Kong protesters on Sunday sang the Star Spangled Banner and called on US President Donald Trump to"liberate" the Chinese-ruled city, the latest in a series of sometimes violent protests to rock the territory.

"Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong," they shouted before handing over petitions at the US Consulate."Resist Beijing, liberate Hong Kong."US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday urged China to exercise restraint in Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.Mr Esper made his call in Paris as police in Hong Kong prevented protesters from blocking access to the airport but fired tear gas for a second night running in the densely populated district of Mong Kok.

Riot police cleared the Central MTR metro station, near Sunday's march, where activists smashed a long glass panel at a station entrance and other windows and daubed graffiti on the walls outside. Several arrests were made. MTR stations have been attacked recently because of televised scenes of police beating protesters on a train on Aug 31 as they cowered on the floor. Protesters are demanding the MTR hands over CCTV footage of the beatings.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced concessions this week aimed at ending the protests, including formally scrapping a hugely unpopular extradition bill, which ignited the unrest in June. Many protesters said it was too little, too late.


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