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Fireworks Extravaganza Video: Hong Kong marks 15 years of Chinese rule

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A spectacular fireworks display was staged over the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong on Monday evening to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China. Sponsored by the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, the 23-minute fireworks spectacle began at 20:00 Monday, attracting large crowds of people. A handover ceremony was held on July 1, 1997, to mark China's resumption of the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong. Meanwhile, thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators have gathered on the streets of Hong Kong to protest against the 15th anniversary of Chinese rule. Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the city earlier, swearing in businessman CY Leung as the territory's new leader. According to different estimates, between 65,000 and 400,000 people gathered to protest against growing social gap and mounting real estate prices. Beijing has a "one country, two systems" policy with Hong Kong, where residents are allowed more political freedoms than the Chinese mainland. However, protesters complain that Hong Kong authorities loyal to Beijing only elect candidates chosen by the state. Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Watch RT LIVE on our website http://rt.com/on-air Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/b/102728491539958529040 RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 500 million YouTube views benchmark.