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Q&A Lipin / Yip / Hoong Kong March

At Least 100,000 People Have Marched Through The Streets Of Hong Kong To Call For A Fair Election In 2017, When All Citizens Of The Autonomous Chinese Territory Will Have The Right To Vote For Their Leader, Or Chief Executive, For The First Time. Tuesday's March From Hong Kong Island's Victoria Park To The Government Headquarters Coincided With The July 1st Anniversary Of The City's Handover From Britain To China In 1997. The Mass Protest For Greater Democracy Has Been An Annual Event Since 2003. Many Demonstrators Used The March To Denounce The Government For Its Handling Of Democratic Reform And Other Domestic Issues. After The Marchers Reached The Hong Kong Government Headquarters, About One-Thousand Of Them Began At Late Night Sit-In On A Nearby Street. Hong Kong Police Warned Them To Leave, Saying Their Sit-In Was Illegal And Would Seriously Disrupt Traffic The Next Morning. At About 3am Wednesday Local Time, Officers Began Detaining And Removing The Protesters, Including Several Pro-Democracy Lawmakers. Organizers Of The March Said About 510,000 People Turned Out,While The Police Said 98,000 People Took Part In The Protest At Its Peak. A Hong Kong University Professor Who Leads A Team That Estimates The Rally Turnout Each Year Gave A Figure Of 122,000, An Increase Of About 20,000 From The Year Before. Daybreak Asia's Michael Lipin Spoke With The Professor, Paul Yip, And Asked Him Why The Figures From The Organizers And Police Were So Far Apart.