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How The World Is Reacting To Hong Kong Protests | NBC News Now

Continuing to follow the latest from Hong Kong flights they’re suspended for a second straight day after police and protesters clashed in Hong Kong’s International Airport and there are even more protests beyond the airport grounds medical staff at over a dozen public hospitals staged a sit-in against police brutality and despite growing calls for chief executive Kerry lamb to resign the Chinese government is not caving in saying in a statement they firmly support Lam her government and the police force author of the coming collapse of China Daily Beast colonist Gordon Chang joins us now to discuss the latest and you know Gordon we know where this initially started that the protesters were upset about an extradition bill can you just sort of talk about how this movement was born and how it has changed to this point yeah the movement was born in April when he had the first protest actually organisers were so pessimistic they didn’t even think that they would actually schedule a March but they did they got a hundred and thirty thousand people in April and so they decided to try one in June June 9th you had 1 million people on the streets a week after that two million people carry lambo has been intransigent she’s been willing to suspend consideration of the bill but not withdraw about universal suffrage for the election of the chief executive the top political officer in Hong Kong and some a minority but some are even talking about freedom from independence from China so this is an escalating situation and Beijing has been showing really very little movement on its part I mean Gordon this is a huge issue not just for China and Hong Kong but around the world senator Mitt Romney tweeting that the protests are further exposing China’s relentless campaign of repression censorship and imprisonment of millions how do you react to that well President Trump has been progressively better in his comments but he’s still a long long way from where he should be as a leader of the free world I think that he’s getting advice from people see but the problem is that there’s nothing that Trump can say which would mimic this so at this particular time I think the United States should be resolute you got a lot of protesters who are waving American flags or singing the national anthem our national anthem and we’ve got to understand that we have the power to move this in a much better direction we need to have stern words with si Jinping the Chinese ruler all right Gordon Chang thank you so much for joining us on this thank you hey NBC News viewers thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching

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