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Hong Kong citizens protest decision out of Beijing over chief executive election Updated: 2014-09-01 21:59:32 KST

Some five-thousand citizens have taken to the streets of Hong Kong's financial hub calling for full democracy in the election for its next leader in 2017.

"Some officials -- who we don't even know how they got chosen in the first place -- are telling us Hong Kong people that this is Beijing's turf. This is definitely not true. Hong Kong belongs to Hong Kong citizens."

The latest "Occupy Central" protests, as they are called, were sparked by a ruling out of China's parliament that will allow just two to three candidates to run for chief executive of Hong Kong in 2017.
All of the candidates will first need to gain majority backing from a nominating committee, meaning it will be almost impossible for opposition politicians to even register as candidates.

"We have to voice out that we don't agree with the Chinese government's decision. We want democracy and we want a fair system to protect the environment of Hong Kong."

Despite the protests, current Hong Kong chief executive is defending Beijing's decision, saying it is a milestone of democratic reform.

"Universal suffrage for the CE election through one person one vote by Hong Kong people, is not only a big step forward for Hong Kong, but also a historic milestone."

The "Occupy Central" protesters see it another way, and have promised mass protests against the decision out of Beijing in the weeks and months to come.
PARK Ji-won, Arirang News.
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