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    Democracy protesters have assembled daily in Bangkok for a week, demanding the prime minister’s resignation, the redrafting of the constitution, and a reform of Thailand’s monarchy. Demonstrators have pledged to continue gathering. They want the prime minister to step down – in the next three days – they say. The protests have been steadily gaining momentum since mid-July, echoing last summer’s protests in Hong Kong. And that parallel has not been lost on activists from both places. DW’s Hang-Shuen Lee has more.

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    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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