Thousands rally to support Hong Kong police

1 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

HONG KONG: Thousands protested outside Hong Kong’s parliament on Sunday—this time to support police as they face mounting criticism over their use of tear gas and rubber bullets, reports AFP.

The large crowds, most of them dressed in white or blue, illustrated the ideological fissures now running through the finance hub as it experiences its worst political unrest in a generation.

Hong Kong saw two record-breaking rallies earlier this month by protesters opposed to a now postponed plan to approve extradition to mainland China.

But it has also been rocked by unprecedented clashes.

On 12 June police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear largely young anti-extradition protesters from around parliament. The police classified the demonstration as a riot and defended their tactics but opponents have accused officers of using excessive force and called for an independent inquiry.