Pro-Beijing protesters march in Hong Kong
Government supporters took to the streets of Hong Kong yesterday after a week in which pro-democracy activists caused widespread disruption. Roadblocks and vandalism across the semi-autonomous financial hub shut chunks of the train network and forced schools and shopping malls to close. Students and other protesters occupied several universities around the city – the first time a movement characterised by its fluidity and unpredictability has coagulated in fixed locations. Yesterday morning, about 500 people, mostly middle-aged and senior citizens, rallied outside the Hong Kong government’s headquarters to show support for the police, who have been heavily criticised for their handling of the crisis.