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Hong Kong Official Says City Is Unrecognizable

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Monday, 30 September 2019 10:37 PM

Hong Kong's acting leader has said at a reception marking 70 years of communist rule in China that his city has become "unrecognizable" because of the violent protests consuming the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said Tuesday the Hong Kong government has shown the highest sincerity by kicking off a series of community dialogues last week and will use new thinking to address the deep-rooted social issues contributing to protester grievances.

Cheung was representing city leader Carrie Lam, who led a delegation to Beijing for a major military parade and festivities to mark the anniversary.

The government has mounted tight security around the city ahead of rallies planned in multiple locations. Protest posters call for October 1 to be marked as "A Day of Grief."

China's ruling Communist Party is preparing to celebrate its 70th anniversary in power with a parade showcasing the country's economic growth and newest weapons.

Tuesday's event marks the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 1949, announcement of the founding of the People's Republic of China by then-leader Mao Zedong following a civil war.

The parade follows President Xi Jinping's promise to allow Hong Kong to manage its own affairs despite anti-government protests that have embarrassed the ruling party ahead of the year's highest-profile propaganda event.

The parade through central Beijing is due to include 15,000 troops and more than 160 aircraft.

Chinese news reports say it might include a new long-range nuclear-armed missile and a supersonic drone aircraft. Military spokespeople have declined to give details.

Pro-Beijing protesters have scuffled briefly with a small group of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong as the latter began to march on the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China.

The 7:30 a.m. march Tuesday was the start of what is expected to be a day of protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city.

The protesters marched as the government was holding an annual ceremony to mark the anniversary of Communist Party rule.

Police lined up to try to keep the two groups apart, but some minor scuffles ensued. Two pro-Beijing protesters were arrested.

The Hong Kong protests come as China prepares to mark the anniversary in Beijing with a major military parade and festivities.

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At a reception marking 70 years of communist rule in China, Hong Kong's acting leader, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung, said his city has become "unrecognizable" because of the violent protests consuming the semiautonomous Chinese territory.
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