Officials From UN, Canada, and US Show Support for Democracy in Hong Kong

Protesters shine lights from their cell phones as they chant pro-democracy slogans on the streets of Hong Kong on Sept. 30, 2014. The United States and Canada issued statements supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)Protesters shine lights from their cell phones as they chant pro-democracy slogans on the streets of Hong Kong on Sept. 30, 2014. The United States and Canada issued statements supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Officials from the United Nations, United States and Canada have all issued statements supporting democracy for Hong Kong.

Tens of thousands of unarmed Hong Kong protesters, many of whom are students, faced volleys of tear gas from Hong Kong riot police on Sept. 28–according to a statement by the police 87 canisters were fired into the crowd. This violent response to a peaceful demonstration has outraged people in Hong Kong and in countries around the world.

Although the spokeswoman of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, called the Occupy Central protest an “illegal activity” and asked other countries to neither support the movement nor interfere in Hong Kong affairs, the spokespeople the UN general secretary, the U.S president and State Department, and the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs took a different tack.

On Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the Hong Kong government to follow democratic principles.

“He [Ban Ki-moon] understands that this is a domestic matter, but urges all stakeholders to resolve any differences in a manner that is peaceful and safeguards democratic principles,” said UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.

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