Hawley: Hong Kong fighting loss of liberty

Friday, November 15, 2019
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Chris Woodward, Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Hong Kong protest signViolence continues to escalate in Hong Kong, where a U.S. senator recently visited and witnessed demonstrators demanding freedom from their Community Party authoritarian leaders in China. 

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) told the “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” radio program that he returned to the U.S. after learning demonstrators are worried Beijing is prepared to end the long-standing agreement that gives Hong Kong residents basic liberties that are not enjoyed on the mainland.

"It's their fear, Tony, and their realization, that Beijing wants to take it all away,” Hawley told show host Tony Perkins.

Hawley is now urging the Senate to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019.

This bill addresses Hong Kong's status under U.S. law and imposes sanctions on those responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong.

"I think that the only thing that's holding Beijing back at this point,” Hawley told Perkins, “is the pressure of the United States, and the pressure of other free countries, who are making it clear that we are watching and there will be repercussions.”

The bill can be read here.

Hand in hand with demonstrators

OneNewsNow spoke with the leader of an American group in Hong Kong that is joining hands with others in their fight for democracy.

Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition is leading the party of American Christians in solidarity with citizens of Hong Kong fighting for their rights against China, which has the largest military in the world.

"To show you what it's like here, a rally that I was scheduled to speak at has been cancelled because it is under siege and because of the violence," he shares.

Mahoney's group will join the demonstrations and pray for peace with Hong Kong residents and he tells AFN there is biblical justification.

"The Bible says 'Remember those in prison as if you were in prison with them and those who are suffering as if you were suffering with them.' Hebrews 13:3," he quotes.

But they hope to help draw worldwide attention to the heroic and historic struggle. "We must speak out against the brutality of the Communist Chinese government as they're crushing democracy, free speech, and human rights here in Hong Kong," Mahoney concludes.

As for the possibility of being arrested, Mahoney recalls their similar visit to the Beijing Olympics in 2008. His group joined others in Tiananmen Square for protests and prayer against China's violent attack on democracy protesters in 1989. He was arrested twice – and after two days in jail the second time, he was deported and banned from China.


Editor's note: Pat Mahoney's comments added after story was originally posted.

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