Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, the 11th weekend in a row of anti-government protests.
The Civil Human Rights Front, the driving force behind the Hong Kong protests throughout the summer, had called for a "rational, non-violent" demonstration on Sunday. Protesters had previously clashed with police in the streets during other weekend protests and for two days last week at Hong Kong's international airport, leading to the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights.
On the eve of Sunday's rally, Canada released a joint statement with the European Union in defense of the "fundamental right of assembly" for Hong Kong citizens.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chyrstia Freeland and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said: "Fundamental freedoms, including the right of peaceful assembly — must continue to be upheld."
The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa published a statement on its website, saying that Canada should "immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs."
Meanwhile, Taiwan has offered to grant political asylum to participants in Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, an offer that also has angered China.
Source : VOA