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Hong Kong worries about China tightening grip
Hong Kong worries about China tightening grip in wake of security controversy
By The Associated Press

HONG KONG (AP) ' A visit by a senior Chinese leader meant to spread goodwill has instead left Hong Kong fuming over the smothering security that locals fear was aimed at muffling the media and protesters.

In the two weeks since the visit, journalists have taken to the street in protest. Professors have taken out newspaper ads and students demanded the police chief resign. Police and local leaders have been raked over in the legislature.

The uproar is latest clash of cultures between the controlling, authoritarian government in Beijing and Hong Kong.

The heavy-handed security has served to heighten concern in Hong Kong that its autonomy is being eroded by a mainland government that does not value the territory's more freewheeling ways.

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