Hundreds of Thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong ahead of country’s handover to China

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Thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong ahead of country's handover to China
Thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong ahead of country's handover to China

Thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong protest on Sunday as the semi-autonomous administrative district prepares to deal with another day of protests on the anniversary of the handover of the country – a former British colony to China.

A large crowd was in a park in front of the state legislature. Police set up long barriers and closed the entrance to the Golden Bahia square where the flag-raising ceremony will take place to prevent protesters from gathering in the area on the night of the anniversary.

But this year’s protests are expected to be larger than usual, given widespread opposition to the government’s proposal to allow suspects to be handed over to the mainland to face justice.

The government has already resorted to postponing the debate on the bill indefinitely, but the organizers want the formal withdrawal of legislation and the resignation of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, and call for an independent investigation into the police work, which at a time during the events Past.

Britain handed over its colony Hong Kong to China in 1997 under an agreement to maintain its freedom and independence.

Earlier, Hong Kong protest movement consciously draws on the insignia of the 2014 Rainbow Umbrella Movement. Despite its unsuccessful end, more than two months lasting blockade of the government district is still regarded by many young people as a moment of political awakening.

Obviously, the Hong Kong authorities are anxious to prevent a recurrence of the siege situation of 2014. With the images of violence, however, they risk further fueling popular opposition to the proposed law. Five years ago, the use of tear gas against young students had given broad support to the protest movement.

Participants in the current demonstration held signs saying “No delivery to China” or “Delivered to China, gone forever”.

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