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HK activists, Beijing supporters demonstrate in London

LONDON (AFP) – Demonstrators backing the democracy activists in Hong Kong marched in London on Saturday (Aug 17), as counter-protesters staged a rival rally.

More than a thousand people took part in the two demonstrations in the British capital.

Protesters supporting the activists paraded banners reading “Will Britain hold China to its promise on Hong Kong’s freedom?”, “Power to the people: stand with Hong Kong” and “Will Boris surrender to China?”, referring to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Others said “The only place I want pepper is in my noodle soup”, “SOS: please save Hong Kong” and “No China extradition”.

The gathering was organised by the StandwithHK and D4HK groups.

The old British colonial Hong Kong flag was seen at the demonstration.

Britain handed control of Hong Kong back to China in 1997 on the basis of the Joint Declaration it signed with Beijing, which guarantees freedoms in the semi-autonomous city until 2047.

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