A crowd of hundreds, including Cardinal Joseph Zen, gathered outside West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court in Hong Kong Monday morning. They were demonstrating ahead of a hearing for 47 pro-democracy activists who have been charged under the new National Security Law brought into force last year.
The 47 activists were formally charged on Sunday and spent the night in custody. Their arrest is the latest in an ongoing crackdown on civil liberties in the territory.
The crowds began to gather Sunday night after the arrest and charging of the activists, who were arrested for their participation in an unofficial primary ballot last year to select pro-democracy candidates to stand in forthcoming elections for the Hong Kong legislature.
Among those standing in line in the hopes of being admitted to the public gallery were diplomatic staff from the local consulates of the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, and Canada, as well as the European Union’s Hong Kong office.
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