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The incident happened at the opening of a branch of the Beijing Easyhome building materials company, where Yam was a guest.

Tens of thousands of people rallied in support of Hong Kong's police and pro-Beijing leadership on Saturday, a vivid illustration of the polarisation coursing through the city after weeks of anti-government demonstrations.

Police estimated a turnout of 103,000 people at the peak of the rally, while local media cited organisers as saying 316,000 attended.

Hong Kong's embattled leader, Carrie Lam, has apologised for the turmoil the extradition bill has caused and declared it "dead".

Hong Kong police are still investigating.

Hong Kong is on edge after a series of skirmishes between activists and police at a wave of recent rallies that have extended across the territory.

A bomb disposal team was deployed to an industrial unit in Hong Kong after the discovery of a homemade explosives laboratory, police said on Saturday.

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There were also banners and leaflets opposing the extradition bill and a T-shirt bearing the logo of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Front group.

Authorities have erected huge barricades near government headquarters in preparation for Sunday's march. Three people were arrested in connection with the seizure, which police described as the largest ever of its kind in Hong Kong.

What started as protests over the extradition bill have now morphed into demands for greater democracy, the resignation of leader Lam, and even curbing the number of mainland Chinese tourists to Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Apple Daily, citing unidentified sources, yesterday reported that about 30 protesters have already arrived in Taiwan to seek asylum, while as many as 30 others - and possibly more - are planning to try soon.

Under the 1997 handover deal with Britain, China promised to allow Hong Kong to keep key liberties such as its independent judiciary and freedom of speech.

Clad in their usual black and brandishing anti-extradition signs, the demonstrators on Saturday afternoon began gathering at Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island for a march towards Wan Chai.

Other anti-government protests are planned over coming weekends in areas including Mong Kok, a gritty working-class district across the harbor from the financial center, and in Tseung Kwan O and Sham Shui Po, one of the city's poorest areas.

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