- The Washington Times - Monday, July 1, 2002

HONG KONG Scuffles broke out between police and pro-democracy activists shortly after Chinese President Jiang Zemin arrived yesterday on the eve of the fifth anniversary of Britain's surrender of its vibrant commercial and trading colony.
Earlier, the Falun Gong meditation group outlawed on the mainland complained that more than 90 practitioners had been barred from entering the territory to protest at today's ceremony where Mr. Jiang will be joined by Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, who is being sworn in for a second five-year term.
"This is obviously suppressing dissident voices," said Law Yuk-kai, director of the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, after he said he was manhandled by police at one of several demonstrations.
The pro-democracy activists demanded an accounting of the 1989 massacre of students in Beijing's Tiananmen Square as well as an end to China's "one-party dictatorship."
"Down with Jiang Zemin," they chanted. "Down with Tung Chee-hwa."
Police at the scene said they were trying to seize bullhorns because there had been a complaint about the noise. Witnesses said that both sides began shoving, and that some demonstrators were knocked down.


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