- Title: Pro-Beijing groups rally in Hong Kong ahead of Chinese National Day
- Date: 29th September 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRO-CHINA ACTIVIST, SINGING CHINESE NATIONAL ANTHEM ACTIVITY ORGANIZER, CHAIRMAN OF POLITIHK SOCIAL STRATEGIC, INNES TANG, SAYING: ''We are here today to sing the national anthem to cheer up the spirit because we are going to have a very happy anniversary for our country. (To say) happy birthday to my country. And we have arranged buses to bring people here and there because we think it's the safest way to do that. If you look at the situation in Hong Kong today there are riots everywhere. So people are frightened, they don't dare to come out. So we bring them here in a safe way by bus.'' PRO-CHINA PEOPLE LEAVING WITH CHINESE FLAGS VARIOUS OF PRO-CHINA PEOPLE GETTING ON BUS PRO-CHINA PEOPLE MOVING TO NEXT DESTINATION BY BUS (SOUNDBITE) (English) 50-YEAR-OLD, SINGING CHINESE NATIONAL ANTHEM PARTICIPANT, MANDY CHAN, SAYING: ''I am proud as a Chinese, I am proud (of) living in Hong Kong, I am proud today is the day to celebrate China's 70 year's birthday. I wish the kids in Hong Kong will wake up because they don't know what the future going to be. I know they will wake up, It's just matter of time.''
- Embargoed: 13th October 2019 09:14
- Keywords: Hong Kong protests pro-Beijing rally
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA002AYPL2DJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Pro-China demonstrators gathered Hong Kong landmarks on Sunday (September 29), singing the Chinese national anthem and happy birthday song to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country.
About 200 dressed in red T-shirts gathered near Victoria Harbour and on top of the Peak.
Mandy Chan, a former athlete in her 50s, a Chinese flag sticker plastered on her cheek, said she is proud to be a Chinese and hope the pro-democracy protesting kids will 'wake up' someday.
Later in the day, Hong Kong police fired tear gas and pepper spray to break up anti-government protesters as the government announced city leader Carrie Lam will be out of town for China's Oct. 1 National Day celebrations, removing a possible new flashpoint.
(Production: Joyce Zhou)
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