The Latest HK protesters march in 2 neighborhoods
HONG KONG — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local):
Protesters have begun marches in two Hong Kong neighborhoods over objections by police who have clashed repeatedly with demonstrators over the past two months.
The marches Saturday add to nine weeks of protests over a proposed extradition law and other grievances against the Chinese territory’s government.
Police issued letters opposing plans for the weekend marches but protesters went ahead anyway.
Demonstrators complain China’s ruling Communist Party and Hong Kong leaders are eroding the civil liberties promised to the former British colony when it returned to China in 1997.
Another day of protests in Hong Kong has started with a rally of parents calling for greater protection for their children as ordinary people have increasingly become caught in skirmishes between anti-government demonstrators and police.
Hong Kong is in its ninth week of mass, city-wide demonstrations despite police objections to the rallies.
The movement began in June against an extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China to stand trial. Since the government suspended the legislation, however, protesters have broadened their demands to include electoral reforms and an independent inquiry into alleged police abuse.
A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 under the framework of “one country, two systems,” which promises the semi-autonomous city certain democratic freedoms.