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Hong Kong handover celebrated, protested in Washington

June 28, 1997
Web posted at: 9:44 p.m. EDT (0144 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Thousands of people turned out on the Washington Mall Saturday to celebrate Britain's handover of Hong Kong to China, which takes place July 1.

Buses from around the country brought people to Washington for a parade and celebration. One man said the Chinese share the same feeling as Americans do on Independence Day, and that every Chinese person should be proud of this historic event.

Across the street, a handful of demonstrators gathered to protest the handover.

Calling themselves the Party For Freedom and Democracy in China, the protesters said the only things the Communist government can offer in exchange for Hong Kong's freedom is fear, oppression, terror, torture and an existence without fundamental human rights.

When the parade passed by, the protesters chanted "Free China!" and "Down with communism!"

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