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Thousands rally on New Year's day for Hong Kong democracy

Published on Jan 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Protesters march along a street in Hong Kong during a pro-democracy demonstration on Jan 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Thousands marched in Hong Kong on Wednesday to demand a greater say in how their future leaders will be chosen, expressing fears that China will limit long-awaited political reforms.

"Democracy will prevail" read some banners as protesters sang and shouted slogans against the city's government, less than one month after the start of an official public consultation on Hong Kong's future electoral system.

"Because we are Hong Kong citizens, we must vote," said Ms Sharon Tang, a 49-year-old administrative worker at a trading company, adding that residents of the former British colony have the intelligence to choose their future leaders.

Other protesters carried banners reading "Change does not come if not fought for", and huge posters depicting the city's current chief executive Leung Chun-ying with an egg plastered on his head.

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