Thousands march in Hong Kong to demand democratic reforms

Protesters use anniversary of the handover from Britain to press for universal suffrage and elections for chief executive

Pro-democrary demonstrators in Hong Kong

Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong took to the streets in protest on Monday, pressing for promised democratic reforms. Photograph: Vincent Yu/AP

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents endured torrential rain on Monday to push for promised democratic reforms and protest against the government. The annual 1 July march marks the anniversary of the territory’s handover from Britain to China 16 years ago. But this year’s protest was fuelled by anger at the unpopular Beijing-backed chief executive and concerns ranging from growing inequality to the influence of mainland Chinese in the territory.

One group carried a large banner reading “Chinese colonists, get out!” while others chanted: “One person, one foot! Kick Leung Chun-ying out!”

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