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Associated Press
Date
June 30, 2014

Huge crowds upset with China expected for HK rally

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is gearing up for an annual protest march that’s expected to draw three times as many people as in the past angered by Beijing’s insistence on limiting residents’ say in picking the southern Chinese financial hub’s next leader.

Organizers expect at least 150,000 people to take to the streets Tuesday to show their support for democratic reform and oppose Beijing’s desire to have the final say on candidates for the chief executive’s job.

It comes days after an unofficial referendum aimed at bolstering support for full universal suffrage that attracted nearly 800,000 votes.

The protest march is an annual fixture. It falls on a public holiday commemorating the return of Hong Kong to mainland China’s control on July 1, 1997, after more than a century of British rule.

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