"Umbrella Movement" leader Joshua Wong; pro-democracy activist and Cantopop singer Denise Ho; spokesman for the Hong Kong Higher Education International Affairs Delegation Sunny Cheung; and executive director of Human Rights in China Sharon Hom addressing a congressional hearing on "Hong Kong's summer of discontent and USA policy responses" in Washington on Tuesday.
USA assistance to Hong Kong enjoys an unusually bipartisan measure of support in Washington, uniting lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in support of the movement.
"The United States and diverse worldwide locations delight in choices precisely because Beijing advantages from Hong Kong's special station - a interesting station which has made Hong Kong an world financial center built on the guarantees that China made to the sector nearly about Hong Kong, which they belief to interrupt." said Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican co-chairman of the commission. The United States is sending a strong message to Beijing that American politicians support the protests. The conditions include Hong Kong retaining a high degree of autonomy.
"A lot of people (deeply regret) such a decision being taken and are anxious about the negative impact that (it) may bring to Hong Kong racing and Hong Kong as an global city as well as a leader in the horse-racing world", he said in a statement.
"We all know it's not enough".
The anti-extradition protesters are also demanding that Lam release all protesters without charge, that the government stop describing the protests as riots or protesters as violent.
One activist, who requested only to be named as "LV", said she has witnessed "emotionally charged police using excessive force, brutally beating the heads of those who have already surrendered with batons".
Lam has refused all along to countenance such concessions, preferring to focus on the economic costs of the protest movement without addressing the political crisis that sparked it.
"The United States and other nations have options precisely because Beijing benefits from Hong Kong's special status - a special status which has made Hong Kong an worldwide financial centre built on the promises that China made to the world with regards to Hong Kong, which they seek to break", said Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican co-chairman of the commission.
"To expresses his regret and apology for the inconvenience, while the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee and Chair Ang Lee (李安) show their understanding and wish the best to him", said the statement.
Released just after midnight in Hong Kong (1601 GMT on Thursday), the Amnesty report did not give the chance for police to respond immediately.
Joshua Wong said Wednesday had been "a remarkable day".
"We will continue our uphill battle until the day we enjoy freedom and democracy", Wong said. "We are in the forefront of this very global fight for universal values".
"If we do not speak up because of commercial interests in support of human rights in China, we lose all moral authority to speak up for them any other place in the world", Pelosi said. Out of 21 protesters interviewed, 18 were hospitalized for injuries or illnesses related to their arrest and detention, the group said, adding that it also reviewed medical records. "The Chinese government uses bullying to eliminate the voices of the people".
Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the Home of Representatives, was joined by Republican lawmakers at a information convention Wednesday with democracy activists together with Joshua Wong and pop singer Denise Ho.
A horse called Hong Kong Bet that had been due to run in the evening programme is part-owned by lawmaker Junius Ho, who has taken a firm line on the protesters, calling them "black-shirted thugs".
Anti-Beijing activists urge members of the US Congress to pass legislation to combat alleged human rights abuses in Hong Kong..
"Protestors in Hong Kong are only asking Beijing to keep its promises made in the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law". Will Hong Kong be forced to submit to communist China's ever-increasing control over the people of Hong Kong?
"The "one country, two systems" principle has been fully and successfully implemented", a spokesman said in a statement.
Reported by Fok Leung-kiu for RFA's Cantonese Service, and by Han Jie for the Mandarin Service.