Large crowds gather for peaceful rally in HK in support of police
HONG KONG - A sudden shower of rain and the stuffy weather failed to deter the spirit of thousands of residents in Tamar Park on Saturday afternoon to show their support and gratitude to the city’s police force.
They were gathering for a rally, organized by more than 70 community leaders in Hong Kong’s administrative and business center, to express support to the police who had demonstrated great restraint and discipline in handling recent violent protests around the city.
At around 4 pm, one hour before the official start of the rally, the park was already filled with people of all ages and walks of life. They mostly dressed in light-colored clothes, white or blue, and wore no face masks or helmets — in contrary to those radical protesters who wanted to hide their identities from the police.
Instead of shouting slogans of defiance, songs glorifying the spirit of Hong Kong and values cherished by its people were played during Saturday’s peaceful rally. The crowd hummed along when the well-known tune of Under the Lion Rock and Pearl of the Orient were played.
The signboards and banners — hoisted high along with the national flag and the Hong Kong SAR flag — read "Safeguard Hong Kong" and "Say No to Violence."
Sponsored by more than 70 community leaders, the rally is joined by well-known politicians, academics, celebrities, and representatives of ethnic minority groups in the city. Among them are former commissioner of police Tang King-shing, former Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing and former secretary for food and health Ko Wing-man.
Some of them would later take the forum and make the plea for peace and mutual respect.