Hong Kong marks day city handed back to China

Tens of thousands of protesters march in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China, with new pro-independence groups rallying for the first time.

The anniversary of the handover on Jul 1, 1997, comes as tensions remain high after explosive revelations by a Hong Kong bookseller who said he was detained and interrogated for months in mainland China.

Lam’s story fanned growing concerns Beijing is tightening its grip on semi-autonomous Hong Kong, which is ruled under a “one country, two systems” deal enshrined in the handover agreement, guaranteeing its freedoms and way of life.

While the main march is expected to be peaceful, a separate pro-independence rally Friday evening outside China’s liaison office could be a flashpoint.

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