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Protesters rally as Hong Kong democrats charged in subversion case

Dozens of politicians await bail decision after security law invoked

Supporters carried banners and chanted protest slogans outside the Hong Kong courthouse where a magistrate on Monday considered bail for the 47 activists.    © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hundreds of black-clad opposition supporters rallied outside a Hong Kong court on Monday as dozens of leading pro-democracy politicians and activists were formally charged with conspiracy to commit subversion under the city's national security law.

Prosecutors accused 47 people, including prominent former lawmakers and incumbent district councilors, with organizing and participating in an unofficial primary in July 2020 to choose opposition legislative candidates.

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