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July 七月
 
Tammy Cheung 張虹

In 2002 the Hong Kong Government proposed legislation to be enacted by July 2003 under the 23rd Article of Hong Kong's Basic Law. The article requires Hong Kong to legislate against treason and sedition. Because of the sensitive nature of such laws and China's infamous history of using them, lawyers, journalists, and democratic legislators protested against the article and demanded more thorough consultations. Consultations were conducted by Secretary for Security Regina Ip, who herself became a focus of protest for her high-handed and imperious manner in dealing with the matter. <br><br>
Against a backdrop of rising unemployment, economic downturn, SARS and tremendous discontents with the head of government, Tung Chee Hwa, opposition to Article 23 grew rapidly. Led by a coalition of democratic groups, a protest march was called for July 1, which was the sixth anniversary of Hong Kong's reunification with China. On the same day, pro-Beijing groups led by the Federation of Trade Unions, also organized a "patriotic" carnival in the park.<br><br>

二零零三年七月一日,超過五十萬人參加了香港有史以來規模最大的反政府示威遊行。是日維園足球場給工聯會用作慶祝回歸,維園草地及銅鑼灣街頭擠集大批市民,在烈日下苦候加入示威行列,不少人暈倒卻秩序井然。遊行從日至夜,曆八、九小時始結束。七月九日遮打花園的集會是七一遊行的延續,參加人數超過五萬。電影【七月】紀錄了這歷史性的時刻。

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