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Thousands march in Hong Kong for Liu

AFP HONG KONG (AFP-Jiji) — Thousands took to the streets of central Hong Kong Saturday night holding candles as they marched in memory of pro-democracy Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Veteran activists led the solemn gathering which wove its way from the commercial heart of Hong Kong Island to China’s liaison office, with some marchers in tears.

It came the day after four pro-democracy legislators were disqualified from Hong Kong’s parliament, worsening fears that freedoms in the semi-autonomous city are under serious threat from an ever more assertive Beijing.

“Loving a country is wanting it to make progress,” said marcher Emily Chau, 24.

“But this is how he was treated for being so loyal to the country.”

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