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Hong Kongers mark half year protest anniversary with huge rally

Vast crowds of democracy protesters thronged Hong Kong s streets on Sunday in a forceful display of support for the movement on its six-month anniversary, as organisers warned the city s pro-Beijing leaders they had a last chance to end the political crisis. Tens of thousands snaked their way through the financial hub s main island under crisp winter skies in what looked set to be the biggest turnout in months. The rally, which received rare police permission, comes two weeks after pro-establishment parties got a drubbing in local elections, shattering government claims that a silent majority opposed the protests. Many of those attending voiced anger that chief executive Carrie Lam and Beijing have ruled out any further concessions despite the landslide election defeat. No matter how we express our views, through peacefully marching, through civilised elections, the government won t listen, said a 50-year-old protester, who gave his surname Wong. It only follows orders from the

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