Thousands are gathering for what is expected to be a huge protest
Tens of thousands of protesters are marching in Hong Kong. For the first time since August, police have allowed a rally by the Civil Human Rights Front, one of the territory’s largest pro-democracy groups.Police said 11 people were arrested ahead of the rally in raids and that a handgun was seized. The protests started in June over a controversial extradition bill, and have now evolved into broader anti-government demonstrations.”I will fight for freedom until I die,” said June, a 40-year-old mother.In a statement on Saturday, the government called for calm and said it had “learned its lesson and will humbly listen to and accept criticism”.Anti-government protests have now gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for more than six months.
Police say it uncovered a pistol during raids
Clashes have become increasingly violent in recent months, raising the question of how the unrest can be stopped. Police said a Glock semi-automatic pistol and 105 bullets were discovered during raids along with a haul of knives and firecrackers. It was said to be the first time that a handgun was found since the protests began.
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Media captionThe identity crisis behind Hong Kong’s protests