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Hong Kong Protest Calls for Universal Suffrage, Criticizes Tsang

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Hong Kong today, calling for universal suffrage and criticizing Donald Tsang, the city’s chief executive, for allegedly accepted perks from local tycoons.

The protesters, mostly dressed in black, chanted “Down with Donald Tsang” and “End the Small-Circle Election” as they marched to the Central Government offices from Victoria Park, passing through Hong Kong’s Central business and financial district.

“I feel so helpless in being a Hong Kong citizen, as we don’t have any say in our chief executive election,” said Karen Yuen, 20, a second-year university student who took part in the march with colleagues. Only 1,200 members of the election committee will get the right to vote in the March 25 election in Hong Kong.

Eric Lai, an organizer with Hong Kong’s Civil Human Rights Front, estimated that about 5,300 protesters marched in the protest, while police said about 2,800 people participated, Hong Kong’s Cable TV reported.

Public anger also has been fueled by reports Tsang accepted perks including overseas trips on luxury yachts and private jets from local business people. The official apologized in the Legislative Council on March 1 after the city’s anti-corruption bureau began investigating his overseas trips, four months before he retires.

The investigation marks the first-ever probe into the city’s top leader.

To contact the reporter on this story: Vinicy Chan in Hong Kong at Vchan91@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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