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.
And some of our favorite images from Twitter…
— Katy Lee (@kjalee) July 1, 2014
— Danny Lee 李嘉洪 (@JournoDannyAsia) July 1, 2014
— Maya Pope-Chappell (@mayaj) July 1, 2014
— Richard Frost (@frostyhk) July 1, 2014
— Dominic Wong (@dommywalker) July 1, 2014