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To honor those lost on Sept. 11, protesters in Hong Kong cancel planned demonstrations

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The protesters have voiced pro-American sentiment in the past

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Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have announced that they are suspending protests on Sept. 11 to honor the Americans who died that day.

What protests?

Since Hong Kong was returned to China by the United Kingdom in 1997, it has seen some of its freedoms slowly chipped away. China had promised to utilize a "one country, two systems" model of governance for Hong Kong for at least the first 50 years, in order to ease the transition, but has periodically put laws in place to bring Hong Kong more into line with Chinese rule.

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