Political unrest in Hong Kong draws duelling protesters at Calgary rally

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Political unrest in Hong Kong draws duelling protesters at Calgary rally

He denounced the Hong Kong protesters' actions as "radical, violent and illegal" and said they were determined to undermine its "one country, two systems" arrangement.

"They can't scare us because what we are fighting for here is freedom and democracy that is stated in the Sino British Joint Declaration of 1984".

PRO-HONG KONG DEMOCRACY RALLY LEADER DENNIS CHUI, speaking after a small number of Chinese nationalist activists confronted protesters on Friday. After gathering in the Central business district, they marched on the Government House residence of Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam, chanting "Hong Kong police know the law, they break the law".

"We all feel tensions are building and the level of stress is increasing", one front-line protester, Pun, 22, told Reuters during a sit-in at the worldwide airport earlier in the week.

A man carrying a Taiwanese flag was confronted by an anti-democracy rally attendee near the city's Town Hall this afternoon and was seen being grabbed around the neck before falling to the ground. "No one can take that from all of us".

Saturday's mostly peaceful protest suggested that it may - though thousands also attended a pro-police counter-rally, and a clearer picture is not likely to emerge until Sunday when a protest is scheduled that could draw tens of thousands.

On Saturday, the "Big Four" accountancy firms scrambled to distance themselves from a purported advert placed in a newspaper by employers saying they supported the protests.

Opposing protesters clashed during a pro-Hong Kong rally taking place in Melbourne, Australia outside of the State Library on Swanston Street.

One of the pro-Hong Kong protest organisers Sherene Nee said the group wanted to show solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong.

At the pro-government rally, speakers on a stage said they love both Hong Kong and China and asked the protesters why they are afraid of China.

It's estimated up to 3000 people marched from Belmore Park to the CBD, chanting "Long Live China" and singing the Chinese national anthem.

The crisis is also resulting in corporate casualties, with the chief executive of Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways quitting on Friday after China's aviation regulator demanded it suspend staff involved in or supporting the protests.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her European Union counterpart issued a statement on Saturday condemning violence in Hong Kong. "I just want everything to be peaceful".

She said their group is calling the Canadian government and the global community to speak up on the issue and call upon the Hong Kong government to stop the violence. If violence stops from the protesters, there is no need for violence from the police side. This time, they were joined by thousands of teachers who demanded future generations be safeguarded from what they see as Beijing tightening its grip.

Saturday also saw dueling demonstrations in Hong Kong. "But now even though we have protests every week, the government still gives no response".

"I have had customers from Hong Kong who have been cancelling their bookings", he said.

Others said "The only place I want pepper is in my noodle soup", "SOS: please save Hong Kong" and "No China extradition".

In Taiwan, people held a flash mob demonstration in Taipei, the island's capital, in support of the Hong Kong protests.

Chinese Government-controlled media has publicly congratulated pro-Beijing protesters who gathered in Melbourne on Friday, while the nation's ambassador to Australia has warned foreigners not to support pro-democracy activists.

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