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Hong Kong voters show defiance with turnout for opposition primary

Despite little promotion, more than 600,000 join to select legislative candidates

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong voters turned out in unexpectedly high numbers over the weekend to join a primary election to choose opposition candidates for upcoming legislative polls despite warnings from government officials and a resurgence of COVID-19.

More than 600,000 people participated in the primary, a sign of defiance amid worries about how the government may use the new national security law imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing two weeks ago to crackdown on opponents.

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