Hong Kong protests over Bejing ruling

Sunday 11 April 2004 16.40
Hong Kong protests over Bejing ruling

More than10,000 people have taken to streets of Hong Kong to protest against Beijing's ruling that it alone will determine the shape and timing of elections in the city.

The protesters marched to Beijing's representative office in Hong Kong chanting ‘return the power to the people’ and ‘one man, one vote’.

The protesters waved banners and carried balloons with caricatures of Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa.

This was the first mass protest organised after China's parliament revised clauses in Hong Kong's constitution last week, giving Beijing full control over how and when the city chooses its leaders and lawmakers.

The marchers dispersed peacefully after tying black ribbons to the gate of Beijing's liaison office to symbolise their anger.