Thousands of people gathered at Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon for an "anti-violence" rally, while calling for more support for the police.
The event was organised by pro-establishment political group Politihk Social Strategic, which said Hong Kong has entered “a state of anarchy” due to the recent spate of violent clashes stemming from the months-long anti-extradition protests.
Addressing the crowd, the group’s chairman, Tang Tak-shing, said the “silent majority” in Hong Kong simply want to restore peace and normality to society.
He said it’s time for everybody to say “no” to violence, and give the city time to heal. He added that Hong Kong people fully supports the work of the police force, so that they can maintain law and order in the territory.
Other speakers at the event described pan-democratic lawmakers as the "axis of evil", saying they had incited young people to attack police and take part in violent clashes.
Towards the end of the rally, organisers claimed 90,000 people had taken part in the event. Police put the figure at 26,000.
Last updated: 2019-08-03 HKT 18:14
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