Hong Kong Protesters Carrying Signs Seeking 'Help' From US Troops

Protesters against a controversial national security law being pushed by Beijing gathered at a Hong Kong mall on May 25, a number of them carrying placards asking “US troops” to “help to protect HK people”.

The demonstration followed a weekend where hundreds of people took to the streets, occasionally clashing with police.

The security law, presented last week at the Communist Party’s annual National People’s Congress, would ban “treason, secession, sedition and subversion.” Pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong fear it will erode democratic freedoms in place since Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997.

This video was taken on Monday, when a small gathering of protesters rallied inside a mall in Hong Kong’s International Financial Center.

The IFC mall has been the scene of previous pro-democracy demonstrations. Earlier in May, police in riot gear shot pepper spray at protesters. Credit: SocREC via Storyful