With protests in Hong Kong taking an increasingly violent turn, driven largely by the brutal response of police authorities against protesters, shows of solidarity with Hong Kong have been taking place in several European capitals in recent weeks. They said that they wished to relay their empathy for the injured female medic, while expressing dissent to the government and police for "turning a blind eye" to protesters' demands.
Hong Kong has been in uproar since early June, when as many as a million people first took to the streets in protest of a proposed extradition bill that would have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China - a move the protesters say jeopardizes Hong Kong's autonomy.
The bill would allow residents to be extradited from Hong Kong to China, something protestors say could heighten risk for activists and those critical of China. The crowd in Causeway Bay's leafy Victoria Park, where the rally started, included elderly people and young families, with some parents carrying toddlers. The group also hit out a police decision to ban a full march from the park, saying that many more people were prevented from attending owing to the "unreasonable restrictions" imposed by police.
Protestors are also calling for the resignation of Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam, democratic elections and an independent investigation into the police's use of force.
Organizers estimate that almost 1.7 million people came out on Sunday for the 11th weekend of Hong Kong's protests.
In a more expansive letter to staff that was published by Hong Kong Free Press Hogg said the disturbances in Hong Kong, as well as the subsequent focus on Cathay Pacific, had put "great stress upon the company and our people".
In Beijing, You Wenze, a spokesman for China's ceremonial legislature, condemned statements from United States politicians supportive of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.
"We want to tell Hong Kong citizens: we really care about this society, we care about every citizen, and we are willing to walk you through this darkest time". According to some reports they could be preparing to enter Hong Kong to assist in restoring order should police fail.
On Saturday, pro-democracy protesters marched on one side of Hong Kong's famous harbour for the 10th weekend, while a pro-government rally called for an end to the sometimes violent movement. And with the ruling Communist Party preparing to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic on October 1, the crisis in Hong Kong has come at a sensitive time.
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Saturday's rallies began with thousands of teachers marching through torrential rain in support of the largely youth-led protests.
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"We will stand here; we will take action, until they respond to us".
The march also was a rare reprieve from past weekends, which saw protests ending in violent clashes between police and protesters.
Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the worldwide finance hub into crisis and communist-ruled mainland China has taken an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions "terrorist-like". Australian media said that there were 600 people at the meeting.
The 22-year-old worldwide student said she supports the "one country, two systems" principle, but the protests should be done in an "appropriate" and "peaceful" way.
It marked the eleventh straight week of protests in Hong Kong.
The rally was approved by police and was peaceful though it became more confrontational by nightfall.