Chief Superintendent Tse Chun-chung of the Hong Kong Police Public Relations Branch (PPRB) shows an evidence image of violent acts by radical protesters during a press conference in south China's Hong Kong, Sept. 9, 2019. The rally called for USA lawmakers to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would require the Secretary of State to certify annually that the city is sufficiently autonomous from mainland China to justify the special treatment now afforded to it.
In a Facebook post directly before he boarded the plane to Berlin, Wong stated that during the trip he would advocate for a German version of the Hong Kong human rights democracy act and also campaign for an end to "the sale and export of weapons to the Hong Kong police". The deal was meant to restrict China's influence over the former British territory and ensure Hong Kong control its own legislative arrangements, have its own free and independent elections while Beijing controlled foreign policy and basic law.
Beijing's ire has also been directed towards the United Kingdom, which has called on Hong Kong to respect citizens' rights under the "one country, two systems" agreement that preceded the handover of the territory from British rule.
Around 5 p.m., more police began arriving at nearby Admiralty Station, Hong Kong Station, and others, where many protesters remained.
Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam announced last week that she was formally scrapping a controversial extradition bill that had triggered the current crisis.
SU Abroad said 41 students were originally enrolled in the Hong Kong program, and three chose not to attend.
The U.S. State Department said in a travel advisory Friday that Beijing has undertaken a propaganda campaign "falsely accusing the United States of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong". She said in an email that she received texts alerts from both SU and Hong Kong police about times and locations of protests.
Some American legislators are pressing Trump to take a tougher stand on Hong Kong.
The spokesperson said Hong Kong's separate customs territory status and trade autonomy were conferred by Articles 116 and 151 of the Basic Law, instead of an offering by other jurisdictions.
"We must bear in mind that with the intense and extensive violence used by protesters, everyone in society is a loser", he said.
A Hong Kong journalists' association on Monday hit out at the city's police force after special-force officers sprayed a number of reporters with pepper spray, injuring several, during a protest in Kowloon's Mong Kok district at the weekend. Political analysts suggest his response was muted to avoid disrupting talks with China over their tariff war.
A huge banner that read "Do you trust the Communist Party?"
Meanwhile, former Umbrella movement leader Joshua Wong was redetained as he tried to board a flight to Germany on Sunday, only to be released later after the judge corrected a mistaken date on his conditions of bail. His prosecution comes less than two months after his release from prison for a two-month sentence related to the 2014 protests. The draft law was introduced to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in June, and the bill, if passed, will punish any Hong Kong or Chinese officials in the city who attempt to suppress democracy.