By China Daily
Asia News Network
Overseas Chinese and students in Britain sang the Chinese national anthem and chanted "no violence" and "one nation, one China".
The rally was organized after overseas students learned that some Hong Kong independence activists were planning a rally, an overseas student said.
He said they came here to express their support of Hong Kong and Hong Kong police and their objection to separatists.
SYDNEY - Around 3,000 people marched peacefully through the streets of Sydney on Saturday to call for an end to the violence which has gripped China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) in recent weeks.
Mobilized through social media, the Stop Riots in Hong Kong rally was predominantly made up of Chinese students living Down Under. However, there was also a large number of local supporters in attendance as well.
Radical protesters in Hong Kong have abandoned their peaceful protests and unfortunately some of them have turned into violent mobs who smashed the parliament, ransacked the police stations and threw bricks and petrol bombs on the streets, Tony Jiang said.
"We support and we understand peaceful protest, but we believe it has grown into an out-of-control situation."
To show their solidarity with law enforcement officers in Hong Kong, many at Saturday's rally held up signs with messages of support for police.
Around 1,000 people from overseas Chinese communities in the Greater Toronto Area on last Sunday held a peaceful rally protesting against the violence that has gripped China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Among banners that said "Protect Hong Kong, fight against violence," One of the group's leader Tony Jiang, who is an Australia citizen of Chinese descent, told Xinhua "We came here to stand against the violent riots and the decaying law and order in Hong Kong."