August 20, 2019 / 2:04 AM / 5 months ago

Hong Kong leader says she hopes non-violent protest puts city on road to peace

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a news conference in Hong Kong, China, August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hopes a non-violent weekend protest that saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets in an anti-government rally was the beginning of efforts to restore peace in the Chinese-ruled city.

Sunday’s protest was the calmest since the latest demonstrations against perceived creeping Beijing influence in the former British colony escalated in mid-June.

Chief Executive Lam also said the would immediately set up a platform to hold dialogue with people of all backgrounds.

Reporting By Anne Marie Roantree, Donny Kwok, Clare Jim, Felix Tam, Farah Master, Editing by Nick Macfie

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