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Hong Kong readies for more protests on handover anniversary

Pro-China's supporters hold Chinese flags and placards read "We support police" during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunda...
Pro-China's supporters hold Chinese flags and placards read "We support HK police" during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Su...
Pro-China's supporters hold Chinese flags and placards read "We support police" during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunda...
A pro-democracy protester is stopped by police officers as she argues with pro-China's supporters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex i...
Police officers stand guard during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Pro-China's supporters rallied in ...
Police officers shows a warning banner to pro-China's supporters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 30, 201...
A pro-China's supporter shouts at pro-democracy protesters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Pro...
A pro-democracy protester, front, argue with pro-China's supporters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 30, ...
A police officer tries to clean his glasses during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Pro-China's suppor...

Pro-China's supporters hold Chinese flags and placards read "We support police" during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunda...

Pro-China's supporters hold Chinese flags and placards read "We support HK police" during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Su...

Pro-China's supporters hold Chinese flags and placards read "We support police" during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunda...

A pro-democracy protester is stopped by police officers as she argues with pro-China's supporters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex i...

Police officers stand guard during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Pro-China's supporters rallied in ...

Police officers shows a warning banner to pro-China's supporters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 30, 201...

A pro-China's supporter shouts at pro-democracy protesters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Pro...

A pro-democracy protester, front, argue with pro-China's supporters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 30, ...

A police officer tries to clean his glasses during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Pro-China's suppor...

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people have rallied in support of the Hong Kong police as the semi-autonomous territory readies for another day of protests on the anniversary of the former British colony's return to China.

The large crowd filled a park in front of the legislature Sunday and chanted "Thank you" to the police, who have been criticized for using tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes with demonstrators that left dozens injured on June 12.

Nearby, police have erected tall barriers and shut off access to a harbor-front square ahead of an annual flag-raising Monday morning that protesters have said they would disrupt. The ceremony marks the 22nd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997.

A major protest march is planned for Monday afternoon.


Updated : 2020-12-04 23:24 GMT+08:00