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In Pictures: Hong Kong Umbrella Movement Reconvenes as Thousands March for Democracy

01/02/2015 19:47 GMT | Updated 03/04/2015 10:59 BST

Fifty-two days after the main Umbrella Movement 'occupy' camp was cleared, Hong Kong protesters returned to the streets on Sunday for a pro-democracy rally.

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Organisers say 13,000 took part, whilst police estimated that 6,600 were present.

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Student protest leaders protested alongside pan-democratic lawmakers.

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Pro-democracy legislators have pledged to veto a proposal from Beijing ahead of the 2017 Chief Executive elections in the former-British colony.

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If Beijng's plan is approved, Hong Kongers would be granted universal suffrage, though they will only be able to choose from two or three pre-approved candidates.

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Demonstrators say the proposal, which sparked the Umbrella Movement protests last year, amounts to 'fake democracy'.

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Dozens of liberal groups were fundraising along the route, including political parties, campaign groups, environmental NGOs and charities.

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Yellow ribbons, umbrellas, universal suffrage banners and placards were everywhere to be seen.

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'D7689′ was a popular meme - 'D7′ representing a curse word in Chinese and '689' representing Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung. 689 is the number of votes it took to bring Leung to power - it has since become his nickname.

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Organisers were required by police to provide 100 marshals to oversee the rally.

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According to 'Friends of Conscience', 30 people are still in detention in mainland China after voicing support for Hong Kong's Occupy protests.

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Variations of the British colonial flag were a common sight along the protest route. Some groups called for greater autonomy or a degree of independence for Hong Kong.

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The British flag has been adopted by protesters as a provocative symbol of dissent.

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