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The Hong Kong government has responded to the mass demonstration on Today, saying in a statement tha

Hong Kong government urges social order be restored

In response to the public meeting held in Victoria Park today (August 18), a Government spokesman said that though the public meeting was generally peaceful, the participants occupied a number of thoroughfares on Hong Kong Island, seriously affecting traffic and causing much inconvenience to the community.

The Transport Department and the Police have actively co-ordinated with concerned parties to minimize the impact. 

The spokesman reiterated that it was most important to restore social order as soon as possible.

The Government will begin sincere dialogue with the public, mend social rifts and rebuild social harmony when everything has calmed down.  

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