Hong Kong Protesters Hold ‘Thanksgiving’ Rally And Cheer The President After Trump Signs Support Bills

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In the streets of Hong Kong, thousands of protesters gathered to thank President Trump, Congress, and the United States for standing with them in their bid for freedom. China is not pleased, to say the least. The people of Hong Kong staged a “Thanksgiving” rally on Thursday evening in response to President Trump signing two bills in support of the city’s pro-democracy movement.

Demonstrators took to the streets shortly after Trump signed the legislation. Some draped themselves in U.S. flags and expressed gratitude for the administration’s support. They also wore Guy Fawke’s masks: “The rationale for us having this rally is to show our gratitude and thank the U.S Congress and also President Trump for passing the bill,” student Sunny Cheung, 23, told Reuters. “We are really grateful about that and we really appreciate the effort made by Americans who support Hong Kong, who stand with Hong Kong, who do not choose to side with Beijing.”

“I was confident Donald Trump would sign the law because we are fighting for universal freedom. Everyone globally should support that,” another young woman told the news outlet. “But we do want to give thanks to those around the globe that support us, a small city like Hong Kong, we thank them for their attention.”

From Breitbart:

“President Trump signed the bills with near-unanimous backing from House and Senate lawmakers and said he did so out of respect for Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping and the people of Hong Kong

“They are being enacted in the hope that Leaders and Representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all,” he said in a statement.

“China’s foreign ministry reacted furiously to the move, calling the laws a “naked hegemonic action” and summoned its U.S. ambassador.

“The U.S. side ignored facts, turned black to white, and blatantly gave encouragement to violent criminals who smashed and burned, harmed innocent city residents, trampled on the rule of law and endangered social order,” said the ministry.

“The two countries are currently locked in a trade war and have deep differences over China’s claims to the South China Sea and Taiwan, human rights issues, and accusations of Chinese industrial espionage.

“The first bill President Trump signed mandates sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses and requires an annual review of the favorable trade status that Washington grants Hong Kong.

“Another bill prohibits export to Hong Kong police of certain nonlethal munitions, including tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, water cannons, stun guns, and tasers.

“The munitions bill was passed unanimously, while Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) was the sole House member to oppose the human rights bill.

“President Trump acknowledged last week that he was weighing the ramifications of signing the bill.

“Look, we have to stand with Hong Kong,” Trump said in an interview on Fox & Friends. He continued, saying, “But I’m also standing with President Xi. He’s a friend of mine. He’s an incredible guy.”

“Democratic and Republican lawmakers applauded the signing of the bills. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said it “finally sends a clear and unequivocal message to the people of Hong Kong: We are with you.”

“Sen. Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the bills are “an important step forward in holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy and its repression of fundamental human rights.”

“Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) who sponsored the House human rights bill, said Xi “should understand that the U.S. is not kidding about human rights. Beating, torturing and jailing of democracy activists is wrong and this historic legislation lets China know that respecting fundamental human rights is paramount.”’

Of course, signing these bills is only symbolic. China is going to come down on Hong Kong with all its communist might. It’s not socialism either… communism is simply socialism with a boot on its throat. China has stated that they will rule Hong Kong and the United States will be unsuccessful at what they call a sinister move. “The nature of this is extremely abominable, and harbors absolutely sinister intentions,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

Hong Kong sent a massive signal to the Chinese government this week by voting in the pro-democracy candidates as opposed to government candidates. Pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong won 269 out of 452 seats in 18 district council races, while pro-Beijing forces, won only 30, a clear rejection of the Chinese communists by the people of Hong Kong. Voters flooded the polls with a 71 percent turnout — up from 47 percent four years ago in the same elections, according to the Electoral Affairs Commission. However, that won’t stop Xi and his communists from taking over.

The Hong Kong protesters were grateful that the bills were signed, however, and thanked the United States for its support. Thousands came out for a rally to thank America, waving American flags, and some even holding pictures of Trump and singing the U.S. National Anthem. Make no mistake though… this could cause the Chinese to take severe action against those freedom fighters in Hong Kong. They know the risks but I wonder if Americans do.

Sources: Breitbart, The Daily Mail, RedState, PJ Media, Fox News (1), Fox News (2), The Daily Caller, The RightScoop, The Epoch Times

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