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Hong Kong lawyers march against Beijing 'interference'

Published on Jun 27, 2014 7:52 PM
 
Lawyers gather in front of the court of final appeal during a march in defence of judicial independence in Hong Kong on June 27, 2014. More than a thousand lawyers all dressed in black took to the streets of Hong Kong in a silent march on Friday against "interference" by Beijing in the city's judiciary. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - More than a thousand lawyers all dressed in black took to the streets of Hong Kong in a silent march on Friday against "interference" by Beijing in the city's judiciary.

China issued its first ever policy document stipulating how Hong Kong should be governed earlier this month, in what was widely interpreted as a warning to the city not to overstep the boundaries of its autonomy.

It included an assertion that judges should safeguard national security and sovereignty, a move which has angered many in the the city's legal community.

The lawyers dressed in black suits and ties walked down the streets in silence from the High Court to the Court of Final Appeal where they gathered to observe three minutes of silence.

 
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