Thousands Rally for Democracy in Hong Kong

( [email protected] ) Jan 02, 2004 11:56 AM EST

Thousands of Hong Kong residents demonstrated for greater democracy and direct elections to choose their next leader. The turnout was much smaller than that of anti-government rally six months ago.

The protest was the most significant political rally since the protest of half-million residents on July 1, 2003, demanding the government to nullify a controversial bill many believed would aggravate the nation's independence.