Hong Kong authorities have cancelled all ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China due to ongoing and escalating pro-democracy rallies that have paralyzed the city for 15 weeks.
Protesters have organized rallies scheduled for October 1, the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party-controlled government.
Pro-democracy rallies escalated again last weekend with protesters lobbing Molotov cocktails at government building and police dispersing activists with tear gas and water canons.
High profile protesters like Joshua Wong and pop singer Denise Ho are actively pleading with the US government on social media to intervene and monitor Beijing’s undue influence on the city.
They have also advocated for the international community to warn Hong Kong authorities that any human rights violations against protesters will not be tolerated.
“This is not a plea for so-called foreign interference,” said Ho. “This is a plea for democracy. This is a plea for the freedom to choose.”
Hong Kong authorities also cancelled a planned fireworks ceremony on October 1 after protesters scheduled massive protests for the date.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said foreign interference and threats of punishment from foreign countries would only exacerbate problems in the city.
“Hong Kong is undergoing a very difficult situation, and sanctions or punishment are not going to help lift Hong Kong out of this very difficult situation,” said Lam in press conference on Tuesday.