Hong Kong pro-government activists to rally against Occupy protest
Published on Aug 17, 2014 12:45 PM
HONG KONG (AFP) - Thousands took part in a major pro-government rally in Hong Kong on 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.
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 to push for greater democratic reforms. But the movement has been heavily criticised by Beijing and city officials as being illegal, radical and violent.
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.
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