— Hiro Hamakawa (@hiro_hamakawa) November 28, 2019
Thousands come out to say thank you, flying American flags and singing the national anthem.
Pro-democracy protesters held a Thanksgiving Day rally to thank the United States and President Trump for signing bills into law on Wednesday that support the demonstrators in their struggle against Beijing.
The bipartisan bills signed by the president impose sanctions on officials in Hong Kong and China that are responsible for human rights abuses. The bills also require an annual review of the special autonomous status the U.S. State Department grants to Hong Kong during trade considerations. The revocation of that status is a powerful tool to incentivize support of pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong. The legislation also bans the sale of crowd control munitions to Hong Kong that have been used by police against the protesters.
It’s a special Thanksgiving from Hong Kong to the United States.
— Melissa Chen (@MsMelChen) November 28, 2019
Hong Kong people singing The Star Spangled Banner in last night Thanksgiving gathering in Hong Kong after Hong Kong Human Right and Democracy Act being signed into law. It reminds me the Berlin Wall being torn down 30 years ago. pic.twitter.com/sK42XL62ee
— Howard So (@howardso01) November 28, 2019
These photos from the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are incredible.
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) November 28, 2019
Getting shivers: The “lighters” come out as @hoccgoomusic leads the crowd singing Glory to #HongKong at the #Thanksgiving rally At Edinburgh Place, as #HongKongProtests folks give thanks for the passage and signing of the #HongKongHumanRightsandDemocracyAct. pic.twitter.com/jotSZoH44q
— Jan Jekielek (@JanJekielek) November 28, 2019