Hong Kong’s top cop calls for peace ahead of protest

Anti-government demonstrators gather for a lunchtime protest at Chater Garden in Hong Kong, China on Dec. 2. REUTERS/LEAH MILLIS
Anti-government demonstrators gather for a lunchtime protest at Chater Garden in Hong Kong, China on Dec. 2. REUTERS/LEAH MILLIS

HONG KONG – A police chief here has urged citizens to demonstrate peacefully ahead of what is expected to be a large-scale pro-democracy march on Sunday.

Police on Thursday gave a rare “green light” to the demonstration, organized by the Civil Human Rights Front.      

Sunday’s march is a key gauge of the pro-democracy movement’s support following its “sweeping” victory in local elections.

“We hope our citizens can show the whole world (that) Hong Kong people are capable of holding a large scale rally in an orderly and peaceful manner,” police commissioner Chris Tang said. 

The former British colony has been wracked by six months of pro-democracy protests sparked by a now withdrawn China extradition bill.(Reuters)

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