Hong Kong activists appeal to US lawmakers to help movement

Activists involved in months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are appealing to U.S. lawmakers to block the export by American companies of weapons and equipment used against peaceful demonstrators.

The activists testified Tuesday before a government commission set up to monitor human rights in China. They include several young people who have emerged as prominent figures in a leaderless movement.

Republicans and Democrats on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China expressed support for the protests and said the U.S. needs to counter Chinese efforts to undermine established rights in .

Lawmakers have authored legislation that places the Chinese government on notice that if they further erode the territory's autonomy it will lose the special trade status for Hong Kong.

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