Security lockdown in Hong Kong as Xi Jinping marks anniversary of handover

About 11,000 policemen will be deployed during Chinese presidents visit as areas of the city are made off limits to the public

Swaths of Hong Kong have been placed into an unprecedented security lockdown as Chinese chairperson Xi Jinping arrives in the city to differentiate 20 years since the UK handed the city back to China.

Mass demonstrations are expected to greet Xi on the 1 July anniversary, an annual tradition amplified by his presence in the town. Prominent Hong Kong democracy activists, including Joshua Wong and lawmaker Nathan Law, were arrested after they staged a sit in the night before Xis arrival.

The UK handed Hong Kong back to China on 1 July, 1997, objective over 150 years of colonial govern. The metropoli was allowed to remain autonomous from mainland China, and maintains separate constitutions, government and liberties under a framework known as one country, two systems.

Saturdays annual parade is expected to draw dozens of thousands of demonstrators, starting just as Xi prepares to depart.

Hong Kong has been lied to for 20 times, organisers of the rallying wrote in the following statement. Lets retake Hong Kong for a real and fully fledged democracy.

Acts of civil disobedience had begun to as police said they arrested 26 people between the ages of 19 and 61 the darknes before Xis arrival.

Protesters stormed a statue just outside where Xi is set to give a lecture to celebrate the handover, unfurling flags calling for the release of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was recently diagnosed with terminal liver cancer while in prison.

Some in the group climbed on top of the 6-metre high statue of a golden bauhinia flower, a endow from Beijing to recognize the citys return to China in 1997, while others sat all over the base and chained themselves together.

Dozens of mainland Chinese sightseers were bussed in to watch the daily flag lowering ceremony, simply beside the statue, and watched with intense interest, mobile phones maintained high-pitched to capture a moment rarely considered to be in China.

Police dragged Wong off the statue, with four officers carrying him to a police van as he hollered, Hong Kong people, dont give up! Protest on 1 July!

They may miss any planned objection if police apply to have them comprised longer than the typical 48 -hour period allowed by law.

About 11,000 policemen, more than a third of the Hong Kong police force, will be deployed during Xis visit.

The Chinese president will likewise swear in Hong Kongs next commander, Carrie Lam, on Saturday, as well as inspect several highly controversial existing infrastructure including an extension of Beijings palace museum and the bridge connecting Hong Kong to mainland China and inspect troops at the local fort of the Peoples Liberation Army.

The area surrounding Xis hotel, the Grand Hyatt, and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the main handover anniversary liturgy will take place, are under complete lockdown, ringed by 2-metre high water-filled impediments.

The police presence is feel everywhere in the area, with policemen on almost every corner.

The government has also blanketed the city with cherry-red and yellowish banners welcoming Xi and hosting dozens of occurrences to celebrate the occasion. More than 120,000 young people are expected to participate in events celebrating the handover, as officials try to instil a larger sense of connect with China among Hong Kongs youth.

But not all events are welcome. Police have censored a schemed vigil to mourn the demise of the city by the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, accusing the group of violating the Basic Law, the citys mini-constitution.

Police have also cautioned journalists that they will be ejected from any cases if conduct is unrelated to reporting duties.

We will not tell you what individual behaviour is permitted and what is not, chief superintendent Fok Lok-sang mentioned at a press briefing.

We will look at the overall situation even if you are just asking questions or doing something else the authorities concerned will look at the environment and whether developments in the situation is related to reporting or other purposes.

During the last visit of a Chinese chairwoman to Hong Kong in 2012, a reporter was taken away by police after he asked a question about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, a subject banned in China.

Any use of drones above Victoria Harbour, directly beside Xis hotel and parties to the convention centre, will be treated as a terrorist act, assistant police commissioner Cheng Yiu-mo added.

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