Beijing celebration mark 70 years of communist rule

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A parade is currently happening to celebrate the 70th year that the communist party has been in power.  Around 15,000 military personnel, 580 pieces of military equipment and 160 aircrafts made an appearance at the parade. 

The party was started by Chairman Mao Zedong in 1949 after the communist forces won a bloody civil war.

Some of the performances will be overshadowed by the protests happening in Hong Kong. Demonstrators have begun gathering on main road in downtown Hong Kong and some shops and train stations have been closed. 

Police have fired tear gas to disperse crowds that have blocked roads. Protestors have also been throwing paving stones at police vans. 

Every year on the 1st of October there have been anti-Beijing protests and this year they have been larger than ever due of the months of unrest triggered by proposed changed to the extradition laws. 

The proposed changes to the extradition law have officially been scraped but that has failed to quell the unrest which has now evolved into an existential battle over Hong Kong’s future. 

The protesters are now demanding for the territory and for the police be held accountable over the use of force, among other issues.  

President Xi made a brief speech in which he touched on familiar themes: unity, on-going struggle, China’s progress. 

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