Hundreds of pro-Beijing demonstrators sang the Chinese national anthem, waved red flags and chanted slogans at Amoy Plaza in the densely packed Kowloon district.
University and school students swapped their classes with pro-democracy demonstrations. Hong Kong police arrested several demonstrators who disrupted the morning commute.
Nearly three months of fiery anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong have sparked concerns that the military will be deployed in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
Chinese public security minister Zhao Kezhi said China would rigorously fend off all subversive and terrorist activities to ensure the security and stability of the country, as protests threaten Beijing's hold on the semi-autonomous territory.
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