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Pro-democracy advocate Clarisse Yeung speaks to media after being released on bail in Hong Kong Clarisse Yeung, one of 47 pro-democracy advocates charged with “conspiracy to subvert state power,” speaks to the media after being released on bail at a court in Hong Kong, March 5, 2021 (AP photo by Kin Cheung).

Hong Kong Fears for Its ‘Last’ Election

, Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR contributor Rachel Cheung and Assistant Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curate the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive China Note by email every week.

HONG KONG—By the time the marathon bail hearing of 47 pro-democracy advocates wrapped up at 3 a.m. last Tuesday in Hong Kong, one of the defendants, Clarisse Yeung, had collapsed in the dock, and four had been hospitalized for exhaustion. Several more were wheeled out of the courthouse in stretchers over the next few days as the proceedings dragged on until Thursday evening. Those who remained inside had no chance to shower or rest, and no clothes to change into—conditions unheard of in the city’s courts. ...

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