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Communist Party, handover holiday

Friday, July 01, 2011 - 01:36

July 1 - China's Communist Party celebrates 90 years, Hong Kong remembers it's handover from the British 14 years ago. Julie Noce reports.

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China's Communist Party celebrates 90 years, Hong Kong remembers it's handover from the British 14 years ago. EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL It was a day of anniversaries in China on Friday... Demonstrators gathered for a democracy march in Hong Kong where 14 years ago today, the former British colony was handed back over to mainland China. Although Hong Kong is not under the direct rule of Beijing, protesters say they want full autonomy and democratic rule. (SOUNDBITE (English) LEGISLATOR LEUNG KWOK-HUNG SAYING: "It has been 14 years now, there's no clues for any real process towards the real democracy in Hong Kong. And also we feel that the situation in China, I mean the human rights situation in China, has been deteriorated for years now." Juxtaposed images in Beijing... where China's Communist Party gathered to mark it's 90th anniversary. Members clapped in unison to the party's national songs before President Hu Jintao, others addressed the party with grand speeches. Outside the Great Hall, a soggy start to the day. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 28-YEAR-OLD BEIJING RESIDENT SONG LI SAYING: "Although the weather's not so great today, I am still very happy, because this year in 2011, it has been 90 years since the party was founded in 1921, and I'm very excited. I came to Beijing in 2007 and it has already changed so much." It's unclear what changes lie ahead as issues like free speech and economic reform are often dampened by the ideologies of the 90 year old party. Julie Noce, Reuters

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Communist Party, handover holiday

Friday, July 01, 2011 - 01:36