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Hong Kong demonstrators call for leader CY Leung to resign


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Hong Kong demonstrators call for leader CY Leung to resign

In Hong Kong, thousands of demonstrators braved the rain to take part in an annual pro-democracy march.

Many of the marchers were calling for the resignation of the city’s Chief Executive CY Leung, who was appointed by a small committee. They want him to step down, so they can vote for someone themselves.

One protester said: “We can’t afford to wait any longer. The social conflict is now deepening, we have to resolve this conflict by having full universal suffrage to realise democracy”.

In a speech earlier in the day, Leung said the government was committed to introducing full democracy by 2017.

The march marks the anniversary of Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997.

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