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'Hong Kong 47' trial starts in city's biggest national security case

Dozens of pro-democracy activists held for two years since subversion arrests

Most of the "Hong Kong 47" defendants were denied bail and held behind bars since their arrests in February 2021. (File photo by AFP/Jiji)

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong started its biggest national security trial Monday with a group of prominent pro-democracy figures facing up to life in prison if convicted on subversion charges under the Beijing-imposed law.

The 16 defendants, including former legislator Raymond Chan, labor rights activist Winnie Yu and former journalist Gwyneth Ho, are among 47 people charged two years ago over what officials described as a "vicious plot" to destabilize the city's government in the fallout of mass street protests in 2019.

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