Hong Kong police on alert for anniversary of pro-democracy protest

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Police were on alert for public rallies marking Monday’s first anniversary of pro-democracy protests that brought parts of the former British colony to a standstill for 79 days.

A police spokeswoman said additional officers were on call and a contingency plan was in place for any emergencies, but noted that authorities believe “most of the public events will likely be conducted in a peaceful manner.”

Leaders of last year’s protest said they are not looking to re-occupy the streets.

That protests were against government plans to pre-select candidates for the city’s chief executive before elections.

But the demonstrators failed to win any concessions from Beijing.

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