The Corliss Group: Inside China: Hong Kong protests
Posted in the New York Forum
Since: Jul 13
#1 Jul 4, 2013
About 430,000 Hong Kong residents braved heavy rain Sunday to demand the direct election of local leaders. Demonstrators filled the main streets in defiance of the Chinese communist government.
The pro-democracy protest was held the day before the 16th anniversary of Hong Kongs return to China from British colonial rule, as well as Chinas most political national holiday the birthday of the Chinese Communist Party, founded in 1921 under the aegis of Vladimir Lenins Communist International in Moscow.
On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was returned to China after 155 years of British rule. According to a negotiated document known as the Basic Law, Hong Kong would enjoy basic freedoms as they existed under British rule, but without true democracy.
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