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