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Hong Kong braces for huge democracy protest

Published on Jul 1, 2014 6:04 AM
 
Supporters of Caring Hong Kong Power, a pro-China group, march to the police headquarters during a demonstration against an unofficial referendum and the so-called Occupy Central protest movement in Hong Kong on June 29, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of protesters are set to take to the streets in Hong Kong on Tuesday in a pro-democracy rally which organisers say could be the largest since the city was handed back to China. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of protesters are set to take to the streets in Hong Kong on Tuesday in a pro-democracy rally which organisers say could be the largest since the city was handed back to China.

The protest march comes after an informal poll on democratic reform drew an unexpectedly high turnout of nearly 800,000 votes, but was branded “illegal and invalid” by Beijing.

Organisers expect more than half a million people to join the rally as concerns grow over China’s increasing influence over the city.

July 1 is traditionally a day of protest in Hong Kong and also marks the anniversary of the handover from China to Britain in 1997, under a “one country, two systems” agreement.

 
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