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September 18, 2014
Black-clad democracy activists stage sombre Hong Kong rally
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 14, 2014
More than 1,000 activists paraded through Hong Kong's streets on Sunday carrying huge lengths of black cloth, in a sombre protest against a recent decision by Beijing that crushed the city's hopes for full democracy. Democracy activists in the former British colony had expectations Hong Kongers would be able to vote for their leader cut short in August when China announced plans for a highly restricted form of universal suffrage. Under the proposal, candidates for the 2017 polls will be vetted b ... read more

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