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Hong Kong police chief urges peaceful protesters ahead of huge rally

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Hong Kong police chief Chris Tang urged people to protest peacefully ahead of what is expected to be a huge pro-democracy march on Sunday.

In a rare move, police on Thursday gave the green light to the protest organized by the Civil Front for Human Rights, which called for millionaire marches during the summer. Sunday’s rally is a key measure of support for the democratic movement after its landslide victory in local elections.

Speaking to reporters before leaving for a visit to Beijing, the newly-appointed police chief urged Hong Kong citizens to set an example for the world.

“We hope that our compatriots will be able to show the whole world (that) the people of Hong Kong are able to organize a huge march in an orderly and peaceful way … we urge the organizer to help the police maintain order,” he said.

Tang was on his way to meet senior officials of China’s Ministry of Public Security and was expected to return to Hong Kong on Sunday.

The unrest in Hong Kong is the biggest public challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

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