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HONG KONG: Protesters throng streets in last chance for territory’s govt to meet demands

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An army of angry protesters have thronged the streets of Hong Kong in their numbers in demonstrations seen as the ‘last chance’ for the territory’s government to meet demands as authorities appeal for calm.

Reports say thousands of demonstrators clad in black from all walks of life marched out on Sunday in a sign of broad support for anti-government protests that have been on for six months.

Chanting “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” anti-government activists, young and old, marched from Victoria Park in the bustling shopping district of Causeway Bay to Chater Road in the semi-autonomous city.

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“I will fight for freedom until I die because I am a Hong Konger,” said June, a 40-year-old mother dressed in black seated on the grass in Victoria Park. “Today is about standing with Hong Kong and the international community.”

“I must say I think that today there could be well over a million people at this protest,” said Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown, reporting from Hong Kong.

“It is a reminder of what this protest movement was when it began almost six months ago – it was powerful and peaceful and that’s what it is so far today,” he said.

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