Latta: Americans Should Stand Up for Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong
Washington, October 15, 2019 | Drew Griffin (202-225-6405)
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) applauded the passage of three bipartisan bills in support of the pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong by the U.S. House of Representatives today. Included in the bills were provisions that sanction officials responsible for undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms, prohibit the exporting of crowd control items to the Hong Kong Disciplined Services, condemn the interference of the People’s Republic of China in Hong Kong, and support the people of Hong Kong’s right to protest. All three bills, H.Res. 521, H.R. 4270, and H.R. 3289, passed by voice vote with no opposition.
“Over the past few months, we have seen millions of people take to the streets of Hong Kong in pursuit of freedom and democracy,” said Congressman Latta. “Their calls for due process have been met with violence by the authoritarian communist government in Beijing. As the leader of the free world, the United States should urge all those who stand for the principles of freedom to support these protesters and their rights. The last few days, it’s been disappointing to see a number of people with economic interests in China decide to side with the communist government against the protesters. The passage of these bills show where Americans really stand, and that’s with the people of Hong Kong.”