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View from Hong Kong: “They have betrayed us”

Inside the battle for democracy

Protestors break into the legislative council building on 1st July. Photos: Rex/Shutterstock

On the morning of 1st July, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s beleaguered Chief Executive, clinked champagne flutes with two of the city’s past leaders on stage in a cavernous convention hall. The ceremony, marking the 22nd anniversary of the territory’s handover from Britain to China, was moved indoors for the first time, officially because of bad weather.

Outside, no rain was falling. Just a few miles away though, tens of thousands of protesters were mobilising…

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