Leung Chun-ying sworn in as Hong Kong‘s third chief executive in a ceremony presided by President Hu Jintao as a lone protestor calling for justice for the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown is hurriedly bundled away. Outside, as many as 400,000 Hong Kongers hit the streets in protest, calling for Leung to step down and for the Chinese government to investigate the death of dissident Li Wangyang.
The use of pepper spray by Hong Kong police on protestors is reportedly up. Meanwhile, an Apple Daily reporter with the audacity to press President Hu on Tiananmen is detained and interrogated.
President Hu Jintao: “For the past 15 years, under the principle of One Country Two Systems, Hong Kong people rule Hong Kong and a high degree of autonomy has been fully implemented. Our comrades in Hong Kong are the masters of their own fate and manage on their own the affairs of the SAR government. Never before have Hong Kong residents enjoyed the range of democratic freedoms as they do now.”