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Massive Hong Kong rally represents growing dissatisfaction with Beijing

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Protesters are taken away at dawn by police officers after hundreds of protesters staged peaceful sit-ins overnight on a street in the financial district in Hong Kong on July 2, following a huge rally to show their support for democratic reform and opposition to Beijing's desire to have the final say on candidates for chief executive.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Suffocating heat and rising political tension point to a long, hot summer in Hong Kong.

     In the week following a large protest reported around the world, police made fresh arrests of protest organizers, and lawmakers raised havoc in the legislature. Tempers flared everywhere as the contentious issue of democracy split this international financial hub.

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