HONG KONG, July 1 (Xinhuanet) -- A demonstration took
place at the Victoria Park in Hong Kong Thursday afternoon, as the Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government and local people celebrated the
7th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR.
On Thursday morning, over 3,000
people attended the national flag and the regional flag raising ceremony to
celebrate the festival.
The Hong Kong Garrison of the People's Liberation
Army opened its barracks in Stanley to the pubic. More than 43,000 Hong Kong
people, including kids and the elderly in their 70s, visited the camps that
opened from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Visitors also had the opportunity to see warships,
helicopters and other weapons and armaments at the military barracks.
Meanwhile, demonstrators gathered at the Victoria
Park on Hong Kong Island at 2:30 p.m. to hold a protest. They marched into the
streets and caused traffic jams.
The Chinese central government has made various
efforts to maintain Hong Kong's stability and prosperity, including signing the
closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) with Hong Kong and opening to the
public the barracks of the Hong Kong Garrison of the People's Liberation Army.
In addition, the central government allowed the banks
of Hong Kong to run Renminbi service and eased the restrictions on the mainland
travelers to Hong Kong. It also promoted to establish the Pan-Pearl River Delta
cooperation framework, which was signed by Hong Kong, Macao and eight provincial
areas of the mainland earlier last month.
All these moves received welcome and support by Hong
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