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Hong Kong protesters defy police ban, demand real autonomy

Last Updated Nov 2, 2019 at 11:22 am PDT

Police officers in riot gear stand guard before an anti-government protest in Hong Kong, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. As Hong Kong continues on with its fifth month of anti-government protests, China vowed Friday to prevent foreign powers from interfering in Hong Kong's affairs and carrying out acts of "separatism, subversion, infiltration and sabotage." (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Summary

Thousands of black-clad masked protesters are defying a police ban and streaming into central Hong Kong

They're demanding meaningful autonomy after China indicated it could tighten its grip on the territory

The protests began in June over a now-shelved plan to allow extraditions to mainland China

HONG KONG — Defying a police ban, thousands of black-clad masked protesters are streaming into Hong Kong’s central shopping district for another rally demanding a meaningful autonomy after Beijing indicated it could tighten its grip on the territory.

The protests began in June over a now-shelved plan to allow extraditions to mainland China but have since swelled into a movement seeking direct elections for Hong Kong’s leaders as the city was promised when Britain returned it to China in 1997.

Scores of protesters occupied streets at the upscale Causeway Bay shopping area Saturday, chanting pro-democracy slogans. Another big crowd has converged at the nearby Victoria Park.

Riot police conducted searches and issued warnings that the rally was illegal and protesters violating a government ban on masks.