Hong Kong new year marches

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Protest on the 1st day of the year

Since ?, New Year marches (元旦大遊行) have become a fixture on the political calendar in Hong Kong. Thousands take to the streets demanding universal suffrage as part of the on-going democratic development.

2010 march[edit]

In a 2009 directive from Beijing, the Hong Kong government said direct elections for the chief executive would come in 2017, and the legislature would not be fully elected until 2020.[1] Five pro-democracy camp legislators planned to resign en masse from legco.[2] In December 2009 HK launched a proposal to increase the election committee seats for the chief exec from 800 to 1,200 individuals.[1] On 1 January 2010, protesters called for the release of Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo, drafter of Charter 08, was sentenced to 11 years in prison just a month earlier.[3][4] The protest came four days after Donald Tsang, Hong Kong’s chief executive, was given a warning by China’s leadership to resolve deep-rooted conflicts.[1]

Police security was put up around the Beijing liaison office in HK.[5] Layers of railings and human chains were protecting the building. More than 1,000 police officers were deployed.[5] About 10 activists, mostly supporters of the League of Social Democrats, broke through a cordon and stormed into the liaison office.[5] Des Voeux Road was forced to close for an hour. Two police officers and one protester was injured.[5] The protesters did not leave until 7:45pm when league members were allowed to lay a mock coffin at the building's back entrance.[5]


A mix reporting of different statistics on the number of people who participated. March organizers said more than 10,000 protesters turned out.[2] Police put the number at 4,000.[2] Pro-democracy camp said they attracted more than the expected 30,000 people.[1] Other sources also suggest 30,000 protesters in participation with 9,000 reported by the police.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d FT.com. "Thousands demand HK poll reform." Financial Times Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  2. ^ a b c Msnbc.com. "Msnbc.com." Hong Kong marchers call for Democracy Now!. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  3. ^ "China Sentences Dissident to 11 Years for Subversion". The New York Times. [dead link]
  4. ^ NPR.org. ""Thousands Demand Democracy In Hong Kong". NPR.org. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Multitudes march for universal suffrage". South China Morning Post. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  6. ^ Metroradio.com.hk. "Metroradio.com.hk." 警方指元旦大遊行約有九千人參加 . Retrieved on 2010-01-02.

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