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The opposition is in jail. Hong Kong wants its ‘patriots’-only vote to look legitimate.

By Shibani Mahtani

17 Dec 2021 · 4 min read

ONG KONG - Sitting in their jail cells last week, dozens of Hong Kong opposition leaders received bureaucratic fliers reminding them of their right to vote in a citywide legislative poll on Sunday - and a detailed list of candidates.

"We just laughed about it," said one person who recently visited a detained opposition activist and spoke on the condition of anonymity, fearing repercussions for the prisoner. "He is not going to vote."

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