Hong Kong: No Direct Elections Soon

Supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement plan to take to the streets on Apr. 11 to protest Beijing's recent decision that the central government must approve all political reforms in the territory. The ruling leaves only a remote possibility of direct elections in 2007 -- a key concern last July, when half a million people demonstrated against the administration of Tung Chee Hwa, Hong Kong's Beijing-appointed chief executive. But organizers expect just several thousand protesters this time -- and hold out little hope that Beijing will compromise on the universal suffrage issue.

Edited by Rose Brady

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