Hong Kong: 1 July 2012 – 400,000 people have poured onto the streets to take part in the July 1 protest march. They demanded, among other things, improvements in their lives and the chance to choose their own leader.
The annual march came hours after C Y Leung was sworn in as Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive.
The marchers made their way from Victoria Park to the new government headquarters at Tamar. Later protesters from People Power went to Beijing’s Liaison Office in Western.
The organisers of the July 1 march say 400,000 people took part but the police put the figure at 63,000. The convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, Eric Lai, said he believed the difference was because the police had excluded protesters who joined the procession outside Victoria Park.