Despite Trump's careful qualification of his signing, the bill's enactment drew immediate rebuke from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which accused the US of interfering with China's internal affairs.
Saturday's rally is among several peaceful gatherings by protesters this week to keep up pressure on the government, amid a lull in violence following a local election victory by the pro-democracy bloc and USA support for their cause. Hong Kong has faced nearly six months of intense political unrest over the growing influence of Beijing in the former British colony, meant to enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" under the terms of its 1997 handover to China. He says he was hooded, beaten and chained to a metal frame as Chinese secret police sought information on activists involved in the protests and on Britain's purported role.
Hundreds of people yesterday chanted pro-democracy slogans at lunchtime rallies across Hong Kong.
During an official visit to Thailand, Carrie Lam said Hong Kong's fundamentals, including its "one country, two systems" framework, remain strong despite the unrest.
The occupation of several universities by protesters earlier this month after fiery clashes with police capped one of the most violent chapters in the turmoil, which has contributed to the city's first recession in a decade.
Trump has not devoted much attention to Hong Kong, and Chinese leaders likely understand he had little option politically but to sign the legislation.
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The price range is tight also, but there is some underpinning related to worries about whether the United States and China will seal a trade deal after President Donald Trump signed a legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters.
Weibo users were said to be especially awestruck by the PLA garrison in Hong Kong, which they praised as "cardiac stimulant for Hong Kong people" and a source of strength for "people's confidence in the city's future", according to a Chinese academic quoted by the Global Times.
"I appeal the government to take important confidence-building measures, including a proper independent and impartial judge-led investigation into reports of excessive use of force by the police", Bachelet wrote. Many of them put their hands in the air with five fingers outstretched, a symbol of the pro-democracy movement.
"It's still a very early stage of the revolution", said a masked activist, who gave her name as Mai, 26. "We should not stop there, I came today because we have to keep fighting".
On Wednesday, Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, further worsening ties between the governments of world's biggest economies that have been engaged in a prolonged tit-for-tat tariff trade dispute. "I think they need it".