Rival groups clash in Canada over Hong Kong protests

Rival groups clash in Canada over Hong Kong protests

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A pro Hong Kong protest supporter wares a patch on one eye and a drawing that depics salt on a wound during a rally at the Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station in Vancouver, Canada on Aug 17, 2019. (Photo: Don MacKinnon / AFP)

VANCOUVER: Thousands demonstrated across Canada on Saturday (Aug 17) in support of the Hong Kong protests, facing off against vocal pro-Beijing rallies in cities across the country.

The gatherings come as the Asian financial hub is hit by protests for the 11th week running. 

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Demonstrators for both pro and against extradition law changes in Hong Kong rallied at the Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station in Vancouver, Canada on Aug 17, 2019. (Photo: Don MacKinnon / AFP)

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Pro-Beijing supporters wave the Chinese flag during a demonstration both for and against extradition law changes in Hong Kong rallied at the Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station in Vancouver, Canada on Aug 17, 2019. (Photo: Don MacKinnon / AFP)

Demonstrators from both camps squared off in front of a metro station in the western city of Vancouver, home to a large Chinese community, with the crowds being separated by police.

In Canada's largest city Toronto, supporters from both sides confronted each other, local media reported.

Police intervened to keep rival groups apart in the city of Calgary, in Alberta, CBC reported.

"We have got the police permit to launch a peaceful march, however, before we could go out to start a march, we noticed that there's a very well-orchestrated counter-rally here," Gloria Fung, president of Canada-Hong Kong Link, told CBC News.

Source: AFP/aa

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