Hong Kong Pro-Government Activists Rally Against Occupy ProtestPosted: August 17, 2014
Public discontent in Hong Kong is at its highest for years
AFP reports: Thousands are expected to take part in a major pro-government rally in Hong Kong Sunday to counter a civil disobedience campaign that has pledged to paralyse the city in a push for electoral reform.
Public discontent in Hong Kong is at its highest for years, with concern over perceived interference from Beijing and growing divisions over how its leader should be chosen in 2017 under political reforms.
“We want to let the world know that we want peace, we want democracy, but please, do not threaten us, do not try to turn this place into a place of violence.”
— Alliance co-founder Robert Chow
Pro-democracy campaigners from the Occupy Central group have pledged to mobilise protesters to take over some of the busiest thoroughfares of the financial hub if public nomination of candidates is ruled out by the authorities.
FLASHBACK 2012: SCMP’s Benjamin Garvey, who more or less live-tweeted the proceedings, tweeted this photo and message: “Cameraman was hit from behind, other cameramen lept to his defence, grabbed attacker, held him until police came.”
But the movement has been heavily criticised by Beijing and city officials as being illegal, radical and violent.
[Also see – Hong Kong Asks Beijing for Greater Democracy]
Organisers of Sunday’s rally, the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, say the silent majority of the city’s seven million residents do not support the Occupy movement.
“We want to let the world know that we want peace, we want democracy, but please, do not threaten us, do not try to turn this place into a place of violence,” alliance co-founder Robert Chow told AFP.
More than 120,000 people have signed up for the rally, which started shortly after 1:30 pm (0530 GMT), but the turnout could reach up to 200,000, the alliance said.
“I am here to oppose occupy, as simple as that. It is a bad thing for young people,” a 70-year-old retired chef, who only identified himself by his surname Wong, told AFP.
Organisers said about 1,500 people, some brandishing Chinese flags, took part in a morning run in the lead-up to the afternoon march….(read more)
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