Thousands march for HK democracy

Tens of thousands of people have braved typhoon rains to take part in an annual pro-democracy rally demanding China honour promises to hold fully democratic elections in 2017.

Protesters marched from Victoria Park to the Central district and criticised the leadership of the current chief executive, CY Leung who was appointed by a pro-Beijing committee last July.

"The main goal of the rally is to push through for genuine democracy and to ask for Leung Chun-ying to step down," Jackie Hung of the Civil Human Rights Front, which organises the annual march, told AFP.

Speaking at a ceremony earlier in the day, Mr Leung said that the Hong Kong government was committed to introducing full democracy, explaining that implementing universal suffrage was a "major task". He gave no timetable for public consultations.

It is 16 years since the former British colony's handover to China.

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