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Hong Kong activists plead 'not guilty' over anti-China protest
Hong Kong (AFP) July 17, 2015
Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong and three other pro-democracy activists entered "not guilty" pleas in court on Friday over charges related to an anti-China protest last year. They have accused the city authorities of a witch hunt against political campaigners after a contentious Beijing-backed reform package was vetoed last month. The rejection of the government's bill was an unprecedented rebuke to Beijing and left the city politically polarised. Wong, 18, the teenage face of the pro-d ... read more

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