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Bankers on the march: Hong Kong financiers join democracy fight

Published on Jul 3, 2014 11:32 AM

HONG KONG (AFP) - When huge crowds took to Hong Kong's streets this week to voice anger at Beijing's ever-tightening grip, an unlikely group was marching in step: wealthy financiers fighting mainland influence over the city's markets and political life.

Joining rain-soaked protesters from all walks of life - who by organisers' estimates numbered a record half-a-million - was hedge fund manager Edward Chin.

Until this year, the unassuming 46-year-old had never joined a political organisation. But like many others in Hong Kong, he has grown increasingly worried about the influence of China's Communist rulers - particularly Beijing's insistence that when Hong Kong's next leader is elected in 2017, the candidates must be drawn from a list of approved "patriots".

Chin joined the nascent pro-democracy movement now known as Occupy Central after meeting one of its leaders, legal scholar Benny Tai, in March.

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