Thou­sands in Hong Kong protest Bei­jing in­ter­ven­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Thou­sands of peo­ple protested in Hong Kong on Sunday, de­mand­ing that China’s cen­tral gov­ern­ment stay out of a po­lit­i­cal dis­pute in the south­ern Chi­nese city after Bei­jing in­di­cated that it would in­ter­vene to de­ter pro-in­de­pen­dence ad­vo­cates. Po­lice used pep­per spray and ba­tons to con­tain some of the demon­stra­tors, ar­rest­ing two.

The dis­pute cen­ters on a provoca­tive dis­play of anti-China sen­ti­ment by two newly elected pro-in­de­pen­dence Hong Kong law­mak­ers at their swear­ing-in cer­e­mony last month.

China’s top leg­isla­tive panel said that Bei­jing must in­ter­vene to de­ter ad­vo­cates of in­de­pen­dence for Hong Kong, call­ing their ac­tions a threat to na­tional se­cu­rity. The Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of China’s rub­ber-stamp leg­is­la­ture said in a state­ment that Bei­jing could not af­ford to do noth­ing in the face of chal­lenges in Hong Kong to China’s au­thor­ity, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency re­ported late Satur­day.

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