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Pro-democracy march attracts thousands in Hong Kong

Published on Jul 1, 2014 6:29 PM

HONG KONG - At the Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, 20-year-old student Jojo Lau Yee Tung holds up her bag of plastic ponchos and umbrellas.

The idea, she says, is to use them as "shields" in case the police deploys pepper spray on protesters. She and her friends are intending to join an illegal sit-in in Central Tuesday night to lobby for "genuine" electoral reforms.

Over at the proposed spot at Chater Road, the police are making preparations of their own. By 4.30 pm, groups of officers were huddling, some unwinding hoses and filling up plastic barricades with water. Others patrolled the area, including the nearby Statue Square and the MTR train exits.

Meanwhile, staff members at the nearby Hong Kong Club building boarded up the glass entrance of the building to protect it from damage.

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