Thousands Rally in Hong Kong against Repression from Beijing, Calling for Greater Democracy

Thousands of demonstrators marched in Hong Kong on Tuesday demanding greater democracy and warning against declining citizen freedoms. An estimated 5,500 people participated in the annual event.

The New Year’s day march called for a restart to stalled democratic reforms and to fight political repression from Beijing. Some protesters carried wanted posters for a new Hong Kong Secretary for Justice, who is currently Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah. Many in Hong Kong have been critical of her decision, without explanation, to drop an investigation on corruption charges that would implicate Hong Kong’s former pro-Beijing leader Leung Chun-ying.

Dozens of independence activists, most in black with some wearings masks, raised banners with Hong Kong Independence slogans during the march which started in Causeway Bay. In a display of their support for separatist sentiments around China, others waved Tibetan independence and Taiwan flags.



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