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Hong Kong protesters call for release of missing booksellers

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Thousands of protesters marched through central Hong Kong Sunday, demanding the release of five missing booksellers who are feared to have been detained by authorities in mainland China.

The five are from Hong Kong’s Mighty Current publishing house known for books critical of Beijing.

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Their disappearance has fuelled fears that freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese city are being eroded. The US State Department and European Union have expressed concern.

The latest to vanish is Lee Bo, 65, last seen in Hong Kong on December 30. Three others earlier went missing in southern China and one in Thailand.

Pro-democracy lawmakers, activists and some residents believe Lee was kidnapped in Hong Kong by mainland authorities. They accuse China of trampling on the “One Country, Two Systems” agreement under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return by Britain in 1997.

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This is intended to preserve Hong Kong’s freedoms and way of life for 50 years. Chinese law enforcers have no right to operate in the city.

“We demand the Chinese government immediately explain the situation of the five and release them,” Richard Tsoi, an organiser of the march, told protesters through loudspeakers before the rally started at the city government’s headquarters.

“No to political kidnap!” demonstrators shouted, holding up banners reading “Where are they?” as they marched towards China’s representative office in Western district.

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Organisers said 6,000 people took part. There was no immediate police estimate.

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