Hong Kong marked the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Monday with protests over curbs on its traditional freedoms, as pro-independence protesters were denied entry to a public square by police.
More than 1,000 people marched to a protest outside government headquarters on Civic Square in protest at growing curbs on freedom of expression in the city, as well as reports of shoddy safety and construction standards on key infrastructure projects.
Police denied entry to the rally, organized by the pro-democracy Civil Human Rights Front, to protesters holding a placard which read: “Without independence, Hong Kong will turn into China,” but let the group in after the placard was discarded, local media reported.
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