Thousands in Hong Kong are expected to protest the swearing in of new Beijing-backed leader Leung Chun-ying on Sunday. The semiautonomous Chinese territory marks 15 years since control of the financial center transferred from British to Chinese rule this weekend. The 57-year-old Leung faces growing discontent with the influence China has over Hong Kong’s government, and during the ceremony Sunday a speech by Chinese President Hu Jintao was briefly interrupted by a protester. Hong Kong’s chief executive is chosen by a 1,200-member council of commercial leaders who kowtow to orders from Beijing, angry residents say.
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