Hong Kong warns US not to interfere after protesters call for Trump to intervene

Hong Kong on Monday warned the U.S. to stay out of its domestic matters after anti-government protesters called for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE to intervene, The Associated Press reported

Thousands of demonstrators held a peaceful march Sunday to the U.S. Consulate to seek Washington’s support.

The protesters called on Trump to “stand with Hong Kong” and ensure Congress passes a bill that would impose economic sanctions and other penalties on officials in Hong Kong and mainland China found to suppress democracy and human rights in the semi-autonomous city.

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Hong Kong's government has criticized the U.S. bill, called the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

It said in a statement Monday that “foreign legislatures should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs” of Hong Kong, according to the AP.

The government added that it was “very much in Hong Kong’s own interest to maintain our autonomy to safeguard our interests and advantages under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle” introduced when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Speaker Pelosi, it's time to throw American innovators a lifeline Why Americans must tune in to the Trump impeachment hearings MORE (D-Calif.) said last week Congress looks forward to “swiftly advancing” the Hong Kong legislation because the city deserves real autonomy and freedom from fear.

The semi-autonomous city has been wracked by protests for months that started in opposition to a bill that would have allowed the extradition of Hong Kong citizens to China, but have since evolved to more general anti-government demonstrations.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam finally withdrew the bill last week, but protests have continued.