About 1,000 people have gathered outside a Hong Kong court where 47 pro-democracy candidates, campaigners and activists charged with conspiracy to commit subversion under the national security law are due to appear.
The group are accused of organising and participating in an unofficial primary poll in July last year aimed at selecting the strongest candidates for a legislative council election that the government later postponed, citing the coronavirus. Authorities said the informal poll was part of a plan to “overthrow” the government.
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