Protests In Hong Kong Continue, Remain Peaceful Throughout The Weekend

Andrew Cummings
August 19, 2019

A spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department said they were not aware of threats related to the protests.

He said that Hong Kong's 7.5 million people and the Chinese population as a whole rejected the actions of a "very small group of violent protesters" as well as "any interference of foreign forces". "We all have a duty to stand up speak out", she said.

"Not only can we not go to Hong Kong; no online comments can be made on any platform that could have a negative impact", Lai said.

The march also was a rare reprieve from past weekends, which saw protests ending in violent clashes between police and protesters.

On Saturday, however, a demonstration in support of the government attracted what organizers said was 476,000 people, although police put the number of attendees at 108,000.

The Chinese city of Shenzhen is located across the border from Hong Kong.

Demonstrations in support of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement occurred in major Canadian cities as well as U.K., France, the US and Australia this weekend, as a major demonstration attended by more than a million people took place Sunday in Hong Kong.

In Beijing, You Wenze, a spokesman for China's ceremonial legislature, condemned statements from US lawmakers supportive of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.

"The campaign has the support but the government doesn't".

On the eve of the rally, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said: "Fundamental freedoms, including the right of peaceful assembly must continue to be upheld".

Hong Kong has been in uproar since early June, when as many as a million people first took to the streets in protest of a proposed extradition bill that would have allowed certain suspects to be extradited to mainland China - a move the protesters say jeopardizes Hong Kong's autonomy.

Ivy Lee of Canadian Friends of Hong Kong spoke at the rally in support of Hong Kong and sounded an alarm over what she says is encroaching influence and "infiltration" from Beijing in Hong Kong and other countries, including Canada.

At around 3 p.m. on Sunday, protesters began leaving the park.

The Hong Kong government also released a statement in response to the protests, stating that though the participants' march was peaceful, it was "seriously affecting traffic and causing much inconvenience to the community". "I am most upset that young protesters are being beaten". Last month after dozens of Hong Kong activists reportedly involved in an unprecedented storming of the city's parliament fled to Taiwan, the Taipei said it would provide assistance to those seeking sanctuary. The plan is to transform the region into a world-class city cluster to rival the famous bay areas around Tokyo, New York and San Francisco. They called the violence while Hongkongers were exercising their basic rights "unacceptable". The Hong Kong police, however, have said they are capable of handling the situation.

Demonstrators attend a rally at Victoria Park in Hong Kong, Aug. 18, 2019.

The police should not issue an objection for the event if they can "understand that they will have a hard time preventing citizens from joining the protest", CHRF stated on its Facebook page.

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