Massive Protests Hit Hong Kong As Chinese President Hu Jintao Visits

This Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China. And Chinese president Hu Jintao swore in Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for a five-year term in office.

While Chinese state media chose to focus on the celebrations, Somewhere between 82,000 – 400,000 pro-democracy protestors are reported to have taken to the streets to remind Jintao that the city wants complete democracy in 2017. A heckler even managed to interrupt Hu’s speech, shouting “vindicate June 4th”.

Leung Chun-ying, known locally as C.Y. Leung, is Hong Kong’s first indirectly elected leader, but critics argue he may be too linked to Hong Kong.

Protests in Hong Kong took place at scale not seen since 2003 as locals protested a controversial anti-sedition law and a collapse in property prices, the FT notes.

Here are some images of the colossal protests:

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Photo: AP Images


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Photo: AP Images

Protestors burn a devil-like image of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying calling for him to step down.

Hong Kong protest burning

Photo: AP Images

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