Thousands take to streets to oppose pro-democracy Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong
Thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in Hong Kong to demonstrate their opposition to civil disobedience campaigns by a democratic activist group threatening mass civil disobedience.
The rally was held to oppose the Occupy Central group that has threatened to shut down Hong Kong's financial district with a mass civil disobedience movement if their demands are not met.
Hong Kong's police said more than 110,000 people, on Sunday, braved the scorching sun to be a part of the march, organised by pro-Beijing group the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, the BBC reports.
However, a specialist polling group based at the University of Hong Kong put the figure at around 80,000.
The Occupy Central reportedly wants China to grant acceptable electoral reforms.
Hong Kong's next election is scheduled to take place in 2017.
Robert Chow, co-founder of the pro-government Alliance for Peace and Democracy said that the group wants to let the world know that while they want peace and democracy, they do not want to be threatened.
In the other camp, pro-democracy activists from the "Occupy Central" group have said they would mobilise protesters to take over some of the busier areas of the central business district if electoral reform is not put in place, the report said.
(Posted on 18-08-2014)