Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates are urging the U.S. Congress to pass a human rights bill that could impose trade sanctions on this international financial center, a measure that critics say could cause more harm than good.
At a massive pro-American, pro-democracy rally on Monday evening in central Hong Kong, supporters called for the passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act that would put at risk Hong Kong’s special economic status with the United States and impose sanctions on officials who are deemed to be “suppressing basic freedoms.”
The bill has bipartisan support and is expected to be brought up in the House for consideration as soon as this week.
An 18-year-old student who spoke out at the rally said the U.S. human rights bill, “will be the most powerful weapon we have so far against the Chinese communists.”
For more than four months pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets, holding mass rallies and marches, to oppose what they see as efforts from the Beijing government to erode their civil liberties and their autonomy.
Pro-democracy supporters are encouraged to see the United States take a strong stand in support of their movement.
“It’s time for the world to react, because this is not only a fight for Hong Kong people, it’s a fight for the whole world, it’s a fight for democracy and freedom. And that’s what the Americans stand for,” said Ken Yu at Monday’s rally.
Source : VOA