Protesters march against the government's disqualification of six candidates in the upcoming legislative election, on the grounds that they could be advocating for Hong Kong's independence, in Hong Kong, China August 21, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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Hundreds of protesters rallied Sunday against Hong Kong's disqualification of six candidates from legislative elections, the latest outpouring of anger at a perceived tightening grip on the city's freedoms by China.The former British colony was handed back to China in 1997 under an agreement that gave ultimate control to Communist Party rulers in Beijing while promising Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy.But Beijing's refusal to grant full democracy, which prompted widespread street protests in 2014, has triggered tension with growing calls for Hong Kong to split from China.Leung was barred from running despite declaring to the Electoral Affairs Commission that he did not promote Hong Kong independence.Among the disqualified candidates who did join the march, Alice Lai, of the pro-colonial days "Hong Kong-U.K. Reunification Campaign", said electoral freedom concerned everybody.
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