OREANDA-NEWS. On November 19, the US Senate unanimously passed a bill protecting human rights and democracy in Hong Kong. This is reported by the American media. It allows diplomatic and economic sanctions to be applied to individuals who violate human rights in Hong Kong. The bill also states that arrest or detention during protests should not be a reason for refusing an American visa.

In October, the House of Representatives adopted its version of this document. Now the houses of Congress will have to agree on the final text of the bill, after which it will have to be signed by US President Donald Trump.

Once again, the situation on the streets of Hong Kong escalated on November 15, after police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, which killed a student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology who participated in the protests. On November 17, police threatened to use military weapons if protesters didn't stop the violence and unlawful acts. Two days later, the State Council of China replaced the chief of police in Hong Kong.