The United States is "gravely concerned by the deepening political unrest and violence in Hong Kong" as the confrontation between police and protesters has escalated in recent days.
"We've repeatedly called for restraint from all parties in Hong Kong. Violence by any side is unacceptable. The Hong Kong government bears primary responsibility for bringing calm to Hong Kong," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday during a press briefing at the State Department.
Pompeo's remarks came amid a dramatic escalation in unrest, with Hong Kong police threatening to fire live bullets if demonstrators did not stop using weapons in the latest anti-government protests.
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hit out at China, pointing to leaked documents that "delineate the government's chilling, systematic campaign against ethnic minorities in another supposedly autonomous region, Xinjiang."
The top Republican in the Senate called on the Trump administration to not solely focus on trade, when it comes to China, but also "make Hong Kong's autonomy a key topic within our bilateral diplomacy."
Earlier Monday, police tightened the barricade around the Polytechnic University and prevented dozens of students from breaking through police lines.
The president of the Polytechnic University said he has brokered a truce with police that would allow the hundreds of protesters trapped inside the campus to leave peacefully.
Source : VOA