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Chinese celebrate national day amid tension

Monday, October 01, 2012 - 01:11

Oct. 1 - Beijing marks the 63rd anniversary of the People's Republic of China with a flower-laying ceremony, but celebrations in Hong Kong are tenser, with pro-democracy protests. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Rows of flags stand at attention in Beijing as top political and military figures mark the 63rd anniversary of the formation of the People's Republic of China. President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao attended a flower-laying ceremony at the Monument to the People's Heroes in Tiananmen Square. This will be the last ceremony for both Hu and Wen as the congress of the Communist Party is expected to appoint new leaders during their meeting on November 8th. In Hong Kong, a low-key flag-raising ceremony marked the anniversary. But pro-democracy legislator Leung Kwok-hung interrupted the ceremony's formal proceedings by shouting demands for universal suffrage and the release of political prisoners before being escorted off the premises. Police blocked about 60 demonstrators from the ceremony. A protest movement has developed in Hong Kong in the last few months against China's new leadership, human rights abuses and a controversial Beijing education curriculum in local schools.

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Chinese celebrate national day amid tension

Monday, October 01, 2012 - 01:11