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.
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