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Protests in Hong Kong as China's No. 3 visits

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 00:59

Dozens of demonstrators in Hong Kong protest during a visit of a top-ranked Chinese official. Yiming Woo reports.

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Protesters take to the streets to oppose a rare visit from China's number three leader. This placard reads "Zhang Dejiang, get out of Hong Kong!" Tensions are high in the former British colony, as many call for greater autonomy from China. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 59-YEAR-OLD PROTESTER, FONG CHEE-WEN, SAYING: "He (Zhang Dejiang) is not welcome by the Hong Kong people because we want true democracy, we want true elections." Some even want independence from the mainland. But as Zhang speaks at an economic summit, it's clear that China plans to hold onto Hong Kong. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHAIRMAN OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS, ZHANG DEJIANG, SAYING: "The Chinese central government attaches great importance to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, and its role in the national strategy." In 2014, pro-democracy protests crippled parts of the city and became one of Beijing's biggest political challenges in decades.

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Protests in Hong Kong as China's No. 3 visits

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 00:59