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 Thousands on Friday joined a march through Hong Kong’s streets to the city’s government headquarters to protest diverse issues, including a by-election bill, soaring inflation, unaffordable house prices, labor rights, and government plans to limit the number of beds in hospital maternity wards for pregnant women from mainland China.Organizers claimed a turnout of 218,000, which would mark the biggest protest since 2004, though police said the number joining from Victoria Park, the official start, was closer to 54,000. Such protest rallies are held every year, coinciding with the anniversary of the July 1, 1997, handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. 


See This Week in China column on Hong Kong’s protest-laden holiday.

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