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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong courts find over 700 guilty 2 years after protests shook city

Widening crackdown quells demonstrations but not distrust in government

Police disperse people gathered at Hong Kong's Victoria Park on June 4, the 32nd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- A total of 715 people so far have been found guilty of charges connected to Hong Kong's mass protests that began two years ago Wednesday, as authorities crack down against dissent under the controversial national security law enacted last year.

More than 1 million had participated in the demonstrations, originally sparked by a proposed bill to allow extraditions from Hong Kong to mainland China. Though the bill has since been withdrawn, distrust in the authorities continues to simmer even as the government claims to have restored order in Hong Kong society.

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