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Hong Kong celebrates anniversary of Chinese rule under protest ban

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Hong Kong celebrated the anniversary of its return to Chinese rule in 1997 with a flag-raising ceremony on Thursday, displaying the flag of the former British colony alongside the Chinese national flag at a ceremony in Victoria Harbour. For the second year running, Hong Kong authorities have banned demonstrations marking the July 1, 1997 handover, citing Covid – although critics believe political motives are involved. Previous years have seen major protest marches against the policies of Beijing. Streets in Hong Kong remained calm on Thursday, in contrast to last year, when thousands of demons…

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