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Hong Kong democrat faints in court after protesters gather for landmark subversion hearing

HONG KONG - A Hong Kong court adjourned early on Tuesday after a democracy activist fainted during a marathon hearing of 47 people charged with conspiracy to commit subversion, as authorities intensify a crackdown on the opposition. Following over 12 hours of submissions from defence lawyers on bail applications that ran deep into the night, democrat and district councillor Clarisse Yeung fainted in the courtroom and had to be sent to hospital by ambulance. Her condition was not immediately known. The magistrate, Victor So, adjourned proceedings to later on Tuesday, with around half the defendants’ applications yet to be heard. On Monday, about 1,000 people defied rules limiting group gatherings to four to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in the biggest protest this year. Protest slogans rang out throughout the day against the arrest of the 47 activists before crowds thinned out in the evening.


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