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Pelosi welcomes Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is welcoming Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to the U.S. Capitol, sending a message to Beijing that Congress supports the protesters in their months-long campaign for human rights.

Pelosi thanked the activists Wednesday for "challenging the conscience" not only of the Chinese government, but of the world.

Republicans joined the Democratic leader, alongside several Hong Kong activists who have become prominent figures in the mass protests, in a stately room off the House floor beneath a portrait of George Washington.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, with Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and other members of Congress during a news conference on human right in Hong Kong on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP PhotoPablo Martinez Monsivais)

Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas said, "America stands with you."

Several of the activists are appearing before Congress this week, appealing to lawmakers to support the mass protests that began in June with a now shelved proposal to extradite people arrested in Hong Kong to China.