Hong Kong protestors temporarily halt ongoing demonstrations in remembrance of the September 11th terror attacks in the United States.
According to a Reuters report, activists temporarily stopped the ongoing protests and went on to slam Chinese media for allegations suggesting the activists were planning “massive terror.”
Demonstrators released a statement saying, “In solidarity against terrorism, all forms of protest in Hong Kong will be suspended on Sept. 11, apart from potential singing and chanting.”
The statement came in response to allegations made by Hong Kong’s China Daily suggesting, “Anti-government fanatics are planning massive terror attacks, including blowing up gas pipes, in Hong Kong on September 11.”
This comes about a week after Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam announced she would formally withdraw an extradition bill, which has sparked massive protests for months.
The chief executive voiced her optimism moving forward saying, “For many people, Hong Kong has become an unfamiliar place. Incidents over these past two months have shocked and saddened Hong Kong people. We are all very anxious about Hong Kong, our home. We all hope to find a way out of the current impasse and unsettling times.”
Thousands have taken to the streets for the past three months, calling for Lam’s resignation and probes into alleged police brutality.
The protests started out peacefully and eventually escalated into violent clashes between protestors and law enforcement.
Meanwhile, the world has anxiously stood by idly to watch the Chinese response to the widespread unrest as trade talks between the U.S. and China continue.
The Chinese deployed troops to Hong Kong last month sparking fears of military intervention, although Beijing denied this motive.
Chinese officials encouraged Hong Kong protesters to abide by the law, but suggested the deployment was only a routine rotation.