Duelling Hong Kong protests in Vancouver shut down major intersection near city hall

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A large demonstration in Vancouver supporting the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong has been met by pro-China counter-protesters, forcing the closure of a major intersection Saturday.Vancouver police began diverting traffic at Cambie Street and Broadway around 4:30 p.m. after hundreds of demonstrators outside the Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain station spilled into the streets.READ MORE: Hong Kong divided as protesters rally for democracy, ChinaOne lane on each street has been set aside to allow pedestrians to pass by, with TransLink staff assisting police in keeping people off the road.No injures or violence have been reported so far. Vancouver police have yet to provide comment.Despite the huge presence outside the SkyTrain and the disruption to the 97 B-Line route, TransLink has yet to issue a service disruption for the area.To be clear it’s loud and colourful here, but no violence that I have seen. Even traffic is going past with no dramas. pic.twitter.com/IYj26Oj3tW— Jeremy Lye (@jeremyjlye) August 17, 2019
Supporters for Hong Kong waved banners calling for an end to police violence in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, while Beijing supporters carried Chinese flags and demanded an end to the protests altogether.The duelling demonstrations mirrored those that took place in Hong Kong itself this weekend, as well as in several other Canadian cities and dozens more around the world.WATCH: Hong Kong protesters defy authority, brace for another showdown

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