Hong Kong protesters hit pause button to mark 9/11 attacks

Vivek Prakash / AFP

Hong Kong activists have called off protests on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks.

"In solidarity against terrorism, all forms of protest in Hong Kong will be suspended on September 11, apart from potential singing and chanting," the demonstrators said in a statement.

They also denounced a Chinese state newspaper report that claimed they were planning "massive terror" in the Chinese-ruled city.

"When they try to frame the whole protest with those words, it alarms me," said a protester. "They are predicting rather than reporting. I think people calling it off today is a nice move."

Hong Kong has been rocked by months of sometimes violent unrest, prompted by anger over a controversial extradition bill that has since been formally withdrawn.

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