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Thousands march against Chinese government in Hong Kong on National Day

2 October 2018

Thousands of Hong Kong people marched to the city's government headquarters on Monday, demanding greater freedoms and accountability as China celebrates the 69th anniversary of the country's founding. Pro-democracy and pro-independence demonstrators marched amidst a heightened police presence.

Hong Kong is a former British colony that was returned to China in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula. Beijing's refusal to grant full democracy to Hong Kong has triggered massive street protests in 2014 and deepened resentment toward China's perceived growing encroachment on the territory.