Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese diplomats repeatedly interrupted a Hong Kong pop star and activist as she accused Beijing of “preventing our democracy at all costs” in a speech to the United Nations on Monday.

Denise Ho told the UN Commission for Human Rights in Geneva that China had reneged on the commitments it made when it took control of Hong Kong in 1997, echoing the concerns of millions of Hong Kongers who have joined mass protests in recent weeks.”The Vienna Declaration guarantees democracy and human rights. Yet in Hong Kong, these are under serious attack,” Ho said in her short address to the UN body.Hong Kong singer Denise Ho attends the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 8, 2019.Hong Kong singer Denise Ho attends the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 8, 2019.Hong Kong singer Denise Ho attends the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 8, 2019.China’s delegation interrupted Ho’s speech twice by raising procedural motions. First, it accused Ho of violating the UN constitution by referring to Hong Kong as a country rather than a part of China and asked that she use “wordings that conform with UN rules.” The Chinese diplomat used the second motion to accused Ho of “baselessly” attacking the “one country, two systems” arrangement under which the city is governed.Read MoreHo ended her speech by asking the UN to convene an urgent session to “protect the people of Hong Kong” and remove China from the UN Human Rights Council.Weeks of protestHong Kongers have been protesting in huge numbers over the past month against a controversial bill that critics say will put political activists and business people at risk of being extradited to mainland China.The Hong Kong government says the bill merely closes a loophole to allow suspected criminals to be extradited to territories where it doesn’t have formal extradition deals, including Taiwan, Macau and mainland China.After the protests, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam suspended the bill. While she didn’t give a timeline for the resumption of debate on the legislation, she indicated that it was unlikely to pass this year.A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong's Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong's Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.Hide Caption 1 of 46Within minutes of protesters taking a collective decision to exit the Legislative Council building, police fired tear gas and used baton charges to disperse the crowd.Within minutes of protesters taking a collective decision to exit the Legislative Council building, police fired tear gas and used baton charges to disperse the crowd. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingWithin minutes of protesters taking a collective decision to exit the Legislative Council building, police fired tear gas and used baton charges to disperse the crowd.Hide Caption 2 of 46Police officers walk in tear gas as they break up the crowd.Police officers walk in tear gas as they break up the crowd. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingPolice officers walk in tear gas as they break up the crowd.Hide Caption 3 of 46A protester uses a megaphone to speak to other protesters inside the Legislative Council building.A protester uses a megaphone to speak to other protesters inside the Legislative Council building. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA protester uses a megaphone to speak to other protesters inside the Legislative Council building.Hide Caption 4 of 46The meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1.The meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingThe meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1.Hide Caption 5 of 46Protesters stream into the Legislative Council building.Protesters stream into the Legislative Council building. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingProtesters stream into the Legislative Council building.Hide Caption 6 of 46People rally outside the Legislative Council on July 1.People rally outside the Legislative Council on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingPeople rally outside the Legislative Council on July 1.Hide Caption 7 of 46A protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building.A protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building.Hide Caption 8 of 46Protesters holding umbrellas face off with police officers wearing anti-riot gear on July 1.Protesters holding umbrellas face off with police officers wearing anti-riot gear on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingProtesters holding umbrellas face off with police officers wearing anti-riot gear on July 1.Hide Caption 9 of 46Police standing inside the Hong Kong government headquarters look through broken glass as protesters try to smash their way into the building on July 1.Police standing inside the Hong Kong government headquarters look through broken glass as protesters try to smash their way into the building on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingPolice standing inside the Hong Kong government headquarters look through broken glass as protesters try to smash their way into the building on July 1.Hide Caption 10 of 46Columns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1.Columns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingColumns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1.Hide Caption 11 of 46Helicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1.Helicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingHelicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1.Hide Caption 12 of 46Pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1.Pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingPro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1.Hide Caption 13 of 46A protester holds up a placard as thousands flood the streets of Hong Kong on July 1.A protester holds up a placard as thousands flood the streets of Hong Kong on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA protester holds up a placard as thousands flood the streets of Hong Kong on July 1.Hide Caption 14 of 46A police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1.A police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1.Hide Caption 15 of 46Protesters face police on July 1.Protesters face police on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingProtesters face police on July 1.Hide Caption 16 of 46A protester wearing a T-shirt with the word "revolution" walks past an inscription on a road that reads "Long Live HK."A protester wearing a T-shirt with the word "revolution" walks past an inscription on a road that reads "Long Live HK." Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA protester wearing a T-shirt with the word “revolution” walks past an inscription on a road that reads “Long Live HK.”Hide Caption 17 of 46Police detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1.Police detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingPolice detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1.Hide Caption 18 of 46A protester places anti-government posters at the traffic sign that indicates the entrance to the government complex building.A protester places anti-government posters at the traffic sign that indicates the entrance to the government complex building. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA protester places anti-government posters at the traffic sign that indicates the entrance to the government complex building.Hide Caption 19 of 46Protesters remove their shirts after being pepper-sprayed by police.Protesters remove their shirts after being pepper-sprayed by police. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingProtesters remove their shirts after being pepper-sprayed by police.Hide Caption 20 of 46A man receives medical treatment during the protests on July 1.A man receives medical treatment during the protests on July 1. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA man receives medical treatment during the protests on July 1.Hide Caption 21 of 46An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16.An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingAn overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16.Hide Caption 22 of 46Many of those attending the rally on June 16 carried signs with the slogan "stop killing us" alongside images of bloodied protesters.Many of those attending the rally on June 16 carried signs with the slogan "stop killing us" alongside images of bloodied protesters. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingMany of those attending the rally on June 16 carried signs with the slogan “stop killing us” alongside images of bloodied protesters.Hide Caption 23 of 46Protesters attend the rally on June 16.Protesters attend the rally on June 16. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingProtesters attend the rally on June 16.Hide Caption 24 of 46A protester returns a tear-gas canister fired by police during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12.A protester returns a tear-gas canister fired by police during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA protester returns a tear-gas canister fired by police during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12.Hide Caption 25 of 46Rubber bullets, pepper spray and hand-thrown tear gas were used to push back protesters who had occupied the city's main thoroughfare and other roads near the government headquarters on June 12, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-chung said.Rubber bullets, pepper spray and hand-thrown tear gas were used to push back protesters who had occupied the city's main thoroughfare and other roads near the government headquarters on June 12, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-chung said. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingRubber bullets, pepper spray and hand-thrown tear gas were used to push back protesters who had occupied the city’s main thoroughfare and other roads near the government headquarters on June 12, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-chung said.Hide Caption 26 of 46Protesters run after police fired tear gas on June 12.Protesters run after police fired tear gas on June 12. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingProtesters run after police fired tear gas on June 12.Hide Caption 27 of 46A police officer reacts to an umbrella that was thrown near the Legislative Council building on June 12. The Umbrella Movement in 2014 galvanized Hong Kong's youth and was mainly student-led. But lately there have been lawyers, business people and middle-aged people protesting for the first time.A police officer reacts to an umbrella that was thrown near the Legislative Council building on June 12. The Umbrella Movement in 2014 galvanized Hong Kong's youth and was mainly student-led. But lately there have been lawyers, business people and middle-aged people protesting for the first time. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA police officer reacts to an umbrella that was thrown near the Legislative Council building on June 12. The Umbrella Movement in 2014 galvanized Hong Kong’s youth and was mainly student-led. But lately there have been lawyers, business people and middle-aged people protesting for the first time.Hide Caption 28 of 46Police officers use a water cannon on a protester near the government headquarters.Police officers use a water cannon on a protester near the government headquarters. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingPolice officers use a water cannon on a protester near the government headquarters.Hide Caption 29 of 46Protesters shield themselves against pepper spray used by police.Protesters shield themselves against pepper spray used by police. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingProtesters shield themselves against pepper spray used by police.Hide Caption 30 of 46Police officers fire tear gas during the demonstration on June 12.Police officers fire tear gas during the demonstration on June 12. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingPolice officers fire tear gas during the demonstration on June 12.Hide Caption 31 of 46A protester reacts as she is grabbed by police on June 12.A protester reacts as she is grabbed by police on June 12. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA protester reacts as she is grabbed by police on June 12.Hide Caption 32 of 46Police and protesters clash outside the Legislative Council building on June 12.Police and protesters clash outside the Legislative Council building on June 12. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingPolice and protesters clash outside the Legislative Council building on June 12.Hide Caption 33 of 46Protesters face off with police during the rally on June 12.Protesters face off with police during the rally on June 12. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingProtesters face off with police during the rally on June 12.Hide Caption 34 of 46A protester rests during the demonstration on June 12. Protesters began arriving the night before.A protester rests during the demonstration on June 12. Protesters began arriving the night before. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA protester rests during the demonstration on June 12. Protesters began arriving the night before.Hide Caption 35 of 46By the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill.By the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingBy the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill.Hide Caption 36 of 46Protesters block major roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters. Hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and school to show their opposition to the extradition bill.Protesters block major roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters. Hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and school to show their opposition to the extradition bill. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingProtesters block major roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters. Hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and school to show their opposition to the extradition bill.Hide Caption 37 of 46A demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally.A demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally.Hide Caption 38 of 46Police officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before.Police officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingPolice officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before.Hide Caption 39 of 46A protester reacts as police and demonstrators clash on June 10.A protester reacts as police and demonstrators clash on June 10. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA protester reacts as police and demonstrators clash on June 10.Hide Caption 40 of 46A police camera films the rally on Sunday, June 9.A police camera films the rally on Sunday, June 9. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA police camera films the rally on Sunday, June 9.Hide Caption 41 of 46Protesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on June 9.Protesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on June 9. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingProtesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on June 9.Hide Caption 42 of 46Protesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white -- the designated color of the rally. "Hong Kong, never give up!" some chanted.Protesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white -- the designated color of the rally. "Hong Kong, never give up!" some chanted. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingProtesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white — the designated color of the rally. “Hong Kong, never give up!” some chanted.Hide Caption 43 of 46Demonstrators hold signs during the protest on June 9.Demonstrators hold signs during the protest on June 9. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingDemonstrators hold signs during the protest on June 9.Hide Caption 44 of 46A crowd fills a Hong Kong street on June 9.A crowd fills a Hong Kong street on June 9. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingA crowd fills a Hong Kong street on June 9.Hide Caption 45 of 46Students wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8.Students wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8. Photos: In pictures: Hong Kong protesters storm government buildingStudents wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8.Hide Caption 46 of 4621 hong kong protest 070134 hong kong protest 070135 hong kong protest 0701 RESTRICTED25 hong kong protest 070122 hong kong protest 070119 hong kong protest 070117 hong kong protest 070106 hong kong protest 0701 RESTRICTED05 hong kong protest 070103 hong kong protest 070120 hong kong protest 070104 hong kong protest 0701 RESTRICTED09 hong kong protest 070110 hong kong protest 070111 hong kong protest 0701HK rallies 2007 hong kong protest 07010701 HK rallies 0212 hong kong protest 0701 RESTRICTED08 hong kong protest 070113 hong kong protest 0701HK rallies0616 HK rallies 080616 HK rallies 0110 hong kong protests 061211 hong kong protests 061225 hong kong protests 061214 hong kong protests 06120612 HK protests 0522 hong kong protests 061226 hong kong protests 0612 RESTRICTED18 hong kong protests 061209 hong kong protests 061221 hong kong protests 061224 hong kong protests 06120612 HK protests 1005 hong kong protests 061220 hong kong protests 061224 Hong Kong Extradition 061004 hong kong protests 060904 hong kong protests 060904 Hong Kong Extradition Protest02 hong kong protests 060909 Hong Kong Extradition Protest RESTRICTED01 hong kong protests 060901 hong kong protest 0608Speaking Tuesday, Lam reiterated that “the bill is dead” but again stopped short of formally withdrawing it, a move protesters want in order to safeguard against the legislative process being easily resumed. Opponents want to see the bill fully withdrawn and have expanded their list of demands to include Lam’s resignation and full universal suffrage for the election of the city’s leader and legislature.”The Hong Kong people have had enough with the Hong Kong government not listening to their voices,” Ho said in an interview with Swiss TV after her speech.”This extradition bill is just a trigger to all the frustration that have been happening these past 10 to 15 years, where we saw all the freedoms and human rights being abused by the Hong Kong government. And of course, the Chinese government behind it.” Protesters leave path of destruction in Hong KongProtesters leave path of destruction in Hong KongProtesters leave path of destruction in Hong KongJUST WATCHEDProtesters leave path of destruction in Hong KongReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Protesters leave path of destruction in Hong Kong 03:09The continued rallies, which had mostly been peaceful, turned violent on July 1 when some of the protesters smashed their way into Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Building, sprayed graffiti on the walls and defaced the official Hong Kong emblem.

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