Hong Kong is anticipating its largest protest in a decade as the city prepares to host the annual July 1st pro-democracy demonstrations.
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Hong Kong police have removed protestors kicking and screaming from the city's central business district, Reuters reports.
The protestors had staged an overnight sit-in to follow up yesterday's massive pro-democracy demonstrations, which organisers say attracted over 500,000 people.
The demonstrators, who numbered roughly 1,000, linked arms to resist efforts to remove them, before police resorted to taking them away one by one.
Protesters in Hong Kong today called for greater democracy in elections for the city's leader, or chief executive, which is due to take place in three years' time.
Chinese authorities are keen to ensure that only pro-Beijing candidates make it on to the 2017 ballot.
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong with many calling for the city's leader Leung Chun-ying to be sacked.
Tensions flared as activists burned a copy of a "white paper" released by Beijing last month that reasserted the central government's authority over the former British colony. The group also burned a portrait of Leung.
Organisers of the annual July 1 rally, marking the day the territory returned to China in 1997, are expecting the largest turnout since 2003, when half a million people demonstrated against proposed anti-subversion laws which were later scrapped.
Half a million people are expected to join a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong today in protest at the Chinese government.
The dispute intensified in recent days after almost 800,000 people voted in an unofficial referendum on Hong Kong's political future, much to the chagrin of the Beijing authorities.
The owner of Birmingham City Football Club has been found guilty of five counts of money laundering by a Hong Kong court.
Carson Yeung previously denied laundering a total of US$93 million (£55.5 million) between January 2001 and December 2007.
Yeung is due for sentencing on Friday.
Dozens of protesters from a pro-Beijing political party have demanded an apology from Washington over allegations by former National Security Agency (NASA) contractor Edward Snowden that the US hacked into Hong Kong computer systems.
Despite the rain in Hong Kong protesters gathered outside the US Embassy and delivering a letter through the bars of the Consulate General's base.
Snowden named Hong Kong's Chinese University, where its server exchange serves up to 80 percent of Hong Kong's domestic internet traffic, as a possible hacking target.