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Sunday, 01 July 2012 - 13:02
Protests as Hong Kong marks 15 years under China
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Defiant protestors targeted China's President Hu Jintao in Hong Kong today as the former British colony swore in a new leader and marked the 15th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule.

The Basic Law is Hong Kong's mini-constitution, which guarantees the former British colony civil liberties unheard of on the mainland under the "one country, two systems" model set up when it returned to China in 1997.

However Hu's visit and the inauguration came as discontent towards Beijing surges to a new post-handover high, and security has been stifling for the events, with hundreds of police and giant barricades deployed.

As the president began his speech to around 2,300 guests in a harbourfront convention hall, a protestor repeatedly shouted "End one-party rule".

Protestors have been demanding greater democracy and railing against Beijing's meddling in local affairs.

The Chinese president said that Beijing's support for "one country, two systems" and the right of the people of Hong Kong to rule the territory was "unwavering".

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