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Government supporters rally in Hong Kong to seek end to violence


People attend a pro-government rally outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 20, 2019. - AFP




Thousands gathered in Hong Kong on Saturday for a pro-government rally to call for an end to violence, after a wave of protests against an extradition bill triggered clashes between police and activists and plunged the city into crisis.


The rally comes a day ahead of yet another mass protest planned against the government and its handling of the now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China for trial.


Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, has apologized for the turmoil the bill has caused and declared it “dead”, although opponents say nothing short of its full withdrawal will do.


Demonstrators, mostly middle-aged or older, braved heavy rain and thunderstorms to gather at the city’s Tamar Park, next to the Legislative Council which protesters stormed and raided on July 1 - the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule.



Reuters

20th July 2019

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