epa04293454 Protesters chant slogans and carry placard as they take part in a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong, China, 01 July 2014. Thousands joined a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong under sweltering heat marking the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from China to Britain in 1997. Organizers said this year’s turnout was larger than usual due to concerns about voting rights and anger over a policy report that emphasized the Chinese government’s authority over Hong Kong. Beijing has promised to allow the selection of Hong Kong’s next leader, in 2017, through universal suffrage, but has ruled out public nominations for candidates. EPA/JEROME FAVRE