Thousands in Hong Kong protest against Beijing on New Year's day

2 January 2018

Hong Kong kicking off 2018 with its annual New Year's Day demonstration. It called for a stop to further erosion of autonomy. Organizers say 10,000 people marched through the city. Hong Kong is a former British colony. It was returned to Chinese rule in 1997. B

ut over two decades of Chinese governance, differences have deepened between the two countries. Hong Kong is now calling for the financial hub to eventually split from China.