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In Pictures: Hong Kong march
March in Hong Kong 01/07/04
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On the seventh anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China, thousands of people took to the streets to demand more democracy
Protesters carry inflatable balloons depicting Hong Kong's Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa
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Many protesters were angry at China's decision not to let Hong Kong directly elect its next leader, and called on Beijing-approved Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to resign
Pro-democracy activists carried a mock coffin saying
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Some activists carried a mock coffin symbolising the death of Hong Kong's autonomy
Demonstrators in Hong Kong 01/07/04
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One of the 250,000 marchers, engineer Wing So, told the BBC: "I came because we are not satisfied with the government, especially their policies and behaviour."
Demonstrators in Hong Kong 01/07/04
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Ida Chan agreed. "After 1997, the atmosphere has changed. It's control by the Chinese government," she said
Demonstrators in Victoria Park 01/07/04
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Despite the large turnout, the number of protesters was lower than last year, when 500,000 people rallied against proposed security laws, forcing a government climb-down
Huge crowds in downtown Hong Kong 01/07/04
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But Bella Luk, from Amnesty International, said: "It's not the numbers which count, it's the views of people in Hong Kong."
Hong Kong's leader Tung Chee-hwa, stands before a flag-raising ceremony to mark the seventh anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to Chinese sovereignty.
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The turnout was certainly large enough to concern Tung Chee-hwa. An official ceremony to mark the anniversary of the territory's handover was overshadowed by the march.

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