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Thousands gather for police-approved Human Rights Day protest Hong Kong

Thousands gather for police-approved Human Rights Day protest Hong Kong

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Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to keep up pressure on the government six months after sweeping pro-democracy protests began. Organizers estimated that about 800,000 people participated in the protests in Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon carrying banners that read "Free Hong Kong" as the region continued to call for greater democratic freedoms. While protests in recent months have been marked by violence and mass arrests, deployment of tear gas and threats to use live ammunition by police, Sunday's event featured an exhibition of posters and exchanging of Christmas cards. It was also the first march organized by the Civil Human Rights Front to be granted police approval since mid-August. Hong Kong's police commissioner, T...