Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents marched through the streets of the former British colony to push for greater democracy in a rally fuelled by anger over Beijing’s recent warning that it holds the ultimate authority over the southern Chinese financial center.

The protest comes days after nearly 800,000 voted in a mock referendum aimed at bolstering support for full democracy.

Here is a gallery of images from today’s historic event.

People hold umbrellas while marching under the rain during an annual protest in downtown Hong Kong Tuesday. Pic: AP.

People under umbrellas fill in a street during a march at an annual protest in downtown Hong Kong Tuesday. Pic: AP.

Tens of thousands of residents gather to march in downtown streets during an annual pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong Tuesday. Pic: AP.

People fill in a street during a march at an annual protest in downtown Hong Kong Tuesday. Pic: AP.

Tens of thousands of residents gather to march in downtown streets during an annual pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong Tuesday. Pic: AP.

 

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