Pro-Bei­jing pro­test­ers march in Hong Kong

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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.

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