HONG KONG (Reuters) – Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong were expecting tens of thousands of people to attend an annual protest rally on Sunday to mark the 21st anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese rule as tensions simmer over Beijing’s tightening grip.
Turnout will be a key indicator of public sentiment at a time when the opposition in Hong Kong has seen activists jailed and others barred from running in a by-election.
Organizer - Sunday - Protest - Sammy - Ip
An organizer of the Sunday protest, Sammy Ip, said the rally would not target Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam but focus on a broad push against Beijing’s perceived encroachment into the former British colony.
At a ceremony early on Sunday to mark the anniversary, Chief Executive Lam asserted that the “one, country, two systems” framework under which the financial hub is governed remains intact under her watch.
Lam - Governor - Colony - Year - Ceremony
Lam took over as governor of the former British colony a year ago, pledging at a ceremony attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping to be accountable to both Beijing and Hong Kong.
“Without fear, we correctly deal with our relationship with the central government. And we promote a stronger understanding of the constitution, the Basic Law, and national security in all sectors,” Lam said at a Sunday morning...
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