Hong Kong 47: trial of dozens in pro-democracy movement set to begin under national security laws

Group of legislators, activists and community workers are accused of holding unofficial pre-election primaries that authorities say constitutes subversion

One of the most significant national security trials in the Chinese government’s crackdown on Hong Kong will begin on Monday, two years after many of the city’s most prominent government critics were first brought into custody.

The case concerns the Hong Kong 47 – a group of pro-democracy legislators, politicians, activists and community workers who have been charged with conspiracy to subvert state power under the national security law.

They are accused of holding unofficial pre-election primaries – a move that the authorities say constitutes subversion. The primaries – which had been a common feature of elections in the past – aimed to select the strongest candidates to run against the pro-Beijing establishment parties….


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