Twitter running Chinese-backed ads against Hong Kong protesters

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The rally was to refute the lies of the "Hong Kong independence" organizations, to tell the outside world that Hong Kong is a democratic and free society, to express support for the HKSAR government, and to oppose the violent protests over the past two months, said Chu Ting Tang, chairman of the London Chinatown Chinese Association.

"This campaign is very important to us". It's basic human rights. "We simply must soldier on", she told CBC News.

YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday on whether it had detected inauthentic content related to protests in Hong Kong.

In the 1990s, market-oriented reforms and government support transformed Shenzhen from an ordinary Chinese village to a major hub for China's manufacturing and technology sectors.

The protests, now in their third month, are facing an intense crackdown by the Chinese government, which took over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom in 1997, as well as a propaganda blitz from state-run media. Leung says since the worst of the violent incidents at the city's global airport last week, the demonstrators have stepped back and shown restraint. More than 700 people have been arrested since June.

It also outlined an intention to build greater integration with Hong Kong and Macau.

"Overall, these accounts were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground", Twitter wrote.

"We are seeing the beginning of the end", said Prof. "America hears the people of Hong Kong".

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But many people in the city feel those freedoms are being chipped away, especially since President Xi Jinping came to power on the mainland. "Eventually the deadlock will disappear because people [protesters] will seek other means of putting pressure on the government".

As torrential rain lashed the city on Sunday afternoon, organisers said more than one million protesters flooded into Victoria Park in downtown Causeway Bay and spilled into surrounding highways and roads. Pence said the Trump administration is urging Beijing to resolve its differences with protesters peacefully.

A canopy of umbrellas hangs over the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Long on Sunday.

Examples of posts provided by Twitter included a tweet from a user with photos of protesters storming Hong Kong's Legislative Council building, which asked: "Are these people who smashed the Legco insane or taking benefits from the bad guys?"

However, he concedes the protesters have also achieved a victory of sorts by forcing the withdrawal of the so-called extradition bill. It may not be the total disavowal of the legislation the protesters wanted, but he argues its not insignificant.

Police said on Monday that, while Sunday's demonstration was mostly peaceful, acts of breaching public peace happened later when some protesters damaged government offices and aimed laser beams at police officers.

"Today has been peaceful, which is exactly what Carrie Lam asked for", Mr Sham said, referring to Hong Kong's Chief Executive. So, I'd like to see that worked out in a humanitarian fashion.

"The reality has proved that it was Hongkongers and not the police who maintained order", CHRF said in a statement on Sunday evening.

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