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Clashes erupt at pro-democracy march in Hong Hong

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 01:02

Protesters break through police barricades during pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, with many vowing to stage an overnight sit-in to show their anger at government. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters marched in Hong Kong on Tuesday, many calling for the city's leader to be sacked, in what could turn out to be the biggest and most passionate challenge to Chinese Communist Party rule in more than a decade. Tempers flared amid as thousands found themselves trapped near the start of the march in the shopping hub of Causeway Bay even as the head of the march reached the Central business district. Aerial shots showed key roads packed with marchers as police dragged away several protesters as crowds pushed against barricades and officers later criticized organizers of the usually peaceful annual procession, warning that legal action may follow after they ignored instructions to march faster. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said his government would do its "utmost" to move towards universal suffrage and stressed the need for stability after nearly 800,000 people voted for full democracy in an unofficial referendum. Security was tight with tension running high among activists after the referendum highlighted the deep divide in the city of more than seven million people. Pro-democracy groups are demanding greater democracy in elections for the city's leader, or chief executive, in 2017. Organizers of the annual July 1 rally, marking the day the territory returned to China in 1997, were expecting the largest turnout since 2003, when half a million people demonstrated against proposed anti-subversion laws which were later scrapped.

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Clashes erupt at pro-democracy march in Hong Hong

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 01:02