Against a backdrop of months of unrest, protestors in Hong Kong see municipal elections as a chance to tell the government, in a calmer way, what they want.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said the country faces a "grave situation," as the coronavirus outbreak spreads with 1,975 people reportedly infected. Hong Kong has declared an emergency and halted transport links.
What began as a peaceful demonstration quickly escalated to brief cat-and-mouse clashes with police. The authorized gathering was forced to disperse after protesters threw water bottles and paint at police.
The region's chief executive says the 'one country, two systems' arrangement could continue if the city shows loyalty to Beijing. Pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong have been ongoing for over six months.
Following the dramatic defeat of the pro-establishment bloc in recent elections, speculation has grown that the Hong Kong chief executive will be asked to step down. Fresh protests broke out in her absence.
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