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China condemns US lawmakers' support for Hong Kong protests

A spokesman for China's ceremonial legislature has condemned statements from U.S. lawmakers supportive of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.

You Wenze called the comments "a gross violation of the spirit of the rule of law, a blatant double standard and a gross interference in China's internal affairs."

He says Hong Kong's 7.5 million people and Chinese population as a whole reject the actions of a "very small group of violent protesters" as well as "any interference of foreign forces."

A woman with a child walks past police officers at a police station during a march by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP PhotoKin Cheung)

You did not mention any specific lawmaker or comments, but numerous U.S. senators and Congress members, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have affirmed the U.S. commitment to human rights and urged the Hong Kong government to end the standoff.

Congress also has the power to pass legislation affecting Hong Kong's trading status.

Police officers armed with riots gear stand out side Mong Kok police station during pro-democracy protesters march in Hong Kong Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP PhotoKin Cheung)

Protesters march during the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP PhotoKin Cheung)

Protesters use laser pointers beam at policemen during the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP PhotoKin Cheung)

A police officer armed with a shotgun looks up at protesters who throw dustbins from an overhead bridge during pro-democracy march in Hong Kong Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP PhotoVincent Thian)

A referee raises his hand as a Chinese men play soccer near armored vehicles and troop trucks parked in a lot by Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese paramilitary police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP PhotoNg Han Guan)

Armored vehicles and troop trucks are parked in a lot by Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese paramilitary police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP PhotoNg Han Guan)

A pro-democracy protester demands an inquiery to an incident in which a women reported to have had an eye ruptured by a beanbag round fired by police during clashes at a protest march in Hong Kong Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP PhotoVincent Thian)

Armored vehicles and troop trucks are parked in a lot by Shenzhen Bay Stadium across from Hong Kong seen in the background in Shenzhen on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese paramilitary police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP PhotoNg Han Guan)

Chinese paramilitary policemen exercise in the Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese paramilitary police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP PhotoNg Han Guan)

Chinese paramilitary policemen exercise in the Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese paramilitary police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP PhotoNg Han Guan)