Hundreds rally as Hong Kong braces for democracy showdown

2015-06-14 12:01
People march during a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong. (Dale de la Rey, AFP)

People march during a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong. (Dale de la Rey, AFP)

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Hong Kong - Hundreds are rallying in Hong Kong ahead of a crucial vote by lawmakers on Beijing-backed election reforms that sparked huge street protests last year.

With an important decision on Hong Kong's political future days away, pro-democracy supporters are marching on Sunday to city government headquarters to rally support for a veto of the government's electoral reform package.

At issue is how Hong Kongers would choose their top leader. Under the reforms to be put before lawmakers starting on Wednesday, the government proposal would allow direct elections for the first time but also require screening of candidates by a Beijing-friendly panel.

Pro-democracy activists have blasted the proposals as sham democracy. They caught the world's attention last autumn by occupying parts of the city for 11 weeks to demand greater electoral freedom.

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