Senate Leader: Any Violent Crackdown in Hong Kong Would Be 'Completely Unacceptable'

President Tsai Ing-wen

President Tsai Ing-wen

With protests inside Hong Kong's airport prompting all flights there canceled through at least Tuesday, Mr. McConnell entered the fray via Twitter to assert that the "people of Hong Kong are bravely standing up to the Chinese Communist Party as Beijing tries to encroach on their autonomy and freedom".

The anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong 10 weeks ago have widened into weekly mass movements calling for democracy and the resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

The Hong Kong demonstrations have evolved into a movement for deeper democratic reforms.

On Monday, both the Global Times and People's Daily posted a short video clip showing dozens of Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) traveling in a convoy to Guangdong province's Shenzhen ahead of what a Beijing military expert claims are regular exercises.

Protestors also briefly blocked the entrance to an undersea tunnel linking Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island.

"Societies are best served when diverse political views are respected and can be freely and peacefully expressed".

Of course with the escalating U.S.

A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier that Britain was concerned about the latest violence in Hong Kong and called for calm from all sides.

It's not clear what company or companies were responsible for the display which Chinese state media has credited with "sparking patriotic feelings amid rioting in Hong Kong".

The United States is continuing to monitor developments in Hong Kong and urges all sides to refrain from violence, a Trump administration official said on Monday after anti-government protesters and police toughened their stances amid weekend skirmishes. On Friday, she said the reports had "gone from irresponsible to dangerous" and must stop.

China though has supported the tactics - saying the behaviour of the protesters showed signs of terrorism and a hard-line response is needed.

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