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510,000+ Hongkongers take to streets in massive July 1 protest

1 JUL 2014

Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers took to the streets in the annual July 1 march, with first sun and then rain beating down on them but failing to dampen enthusiasm for their protests.
Demonstrators demanded greater democracy, a genuine choice in the election of the territory’s next chief executive.

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Anson Chan Fang On-sang, former chief secretary and convener of the political group Hong Kong 2020, joins the July 1 march with a poster denouncing Beijing’s white paper and demanding universal suffrage. Photo: Jonathan Wong

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 Tens of thousands of protesters spill from Victoria Park as the annual July 1 protest parade begins on Tuesday afernoon. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

 

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Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

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Hong Kong protesters march near Causeway Bay as rain poured down on them no Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Robet Ng

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Protesters hold a placard demanding universal suffrage. Photo: Nora Tam

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A protester holds up a placard with messages in support of press freedom. Photo: SCMP

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A student sits in a cage on the march route to protest China’s document on Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP

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A protester walks in a mock tank near Wan Chai with pages from Beijing’s white paper on Hong Kong plastered over it. Photo: SCMPHK16

Famous radio commentator Li Wei-ling speaks with a loudspeaker near Causeway Bay. Photo: SCMP

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Gay rights activists lay a large rainbow flag on the ground in Victoria Park during the July 1 protest march. Photo: SCMP

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Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, middle, joins the march with members of her think-tank Hong Kong 2020. Photo: Joyce Ng

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Merlyn Kwong 8, and Jamine Kwong, 10, arrive at Victoria Park with their mother. The sister and brother wave placards saying ‘defend our city’ and ‘demand for universal suffrage’. Picture: Emily Tsang

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Protesters carry a puppet along the route of the march, with characters scrawled on its face. Photo: SCMP

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Canto-pop singer Denise Ho Wan-sze (left) and Anthony Wong Yiu-ming (right) joins the march in the streets to demand universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Photo: David Wong

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Protesters come under heavy downpour in Wan Chai. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

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2 replies »

    • Esai, I post the trending news and what’s really happening around the world.
      It’s encouraging to see that Hongkongers are standing up to their political masters. In other Asian countries you can’t even assemble to protest without police clampdown.

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