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Hong Kong journalists protest over Chinese VP visit

HONG KONG: Hong Kong journalists staged a protest on Saturday over claims of heavy-handed security during Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang's visit, saying the measures curtailed their freedom to report. A group of about 300 journalists and photographers led by the Hong Kong Journalists Association marched from the government offices to the police headquarters in central Hong Kong, according to public broadcaster RTHK. The association, which represents some 500 journalists in the city, complained earlier this week that the movement of journalists was restricted and reporters were kept far away from Li throughout his three-day visit. They also said the security measures that were deployed were much more stringent than during previous visits by Chinese officials. Police have said between 2,000 and 3,000 officers were tasked with protecting the vice premier each day. Li, who is...

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