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 Hong Kong.
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.