Roads seized as Hong Kong braces for rally on handover anniversary

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In Hong Kong, anti-government protesters took over key roads early today ahead of a mass planned pro-democracy rally on the anniversary of the city’s handover to China.

The semi-autonomous city has been shaken by demonstrations in the past three weeks, when protesters have demanded the withdrawal of a bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.

Although Hong Kong was returned from British to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997, it is still administered separately under an arrangement known as “one country, two systems”.

Pro-democracy activists have organised a march every handover anniversary, calling for greater democratic freedoms — such as the right to elect the city’s leader.