The protest movement in Hong Kong has been boosted by support from the US after Congress passed legislation that supports human rights and democracy in the territory. Attention is focused on how the Hong Kong government will deal with the situation. \n\nA large crowd gathered for a rally on Hong Kong Island to thank the United States for the new legislation. \n\n\nDemonstrators marched in a busy area of the Kowloon Peninsula. They called for a direct vote to choose the territory's chief executive. Police fired tear gas after some of the protesters threw bricks. \n\nThe Hong Kong government says eight people were injured at the weekend. \n\nOn Monday, a newspaper regarded as neutral reported that the unrest has not subsided. A pro-Beijing paper said the demonstrators caused turmoil again after taking a rest. \n\nHong Kong was relatively calm in the days before and after the district council elections on November 24. \n\nBut the movement is showing signs of regaining momentum. The protesters have been encouraged by the pro-democracy camp's landslide victory in the elections and the US legislation supporting democracy in the territory. \n\nThe Hong Kong government has indicated it will not concede to their demands.