Over 600,000 Hong Kongers cast their ballots in the democratic camp primaries elections over the weekend, far exceeding the organizer™s expected turnout in a poll widely seen as a sign of continuing opposition to the new national security law imposed by Beijing.  The election, held 10 days after the law took effect, aims to select the strongest pro-democracy candidates to contest pro-Beijing candidates in September™s Legislative Council elections.  Benny Tai, one of the vote™s organizers, described the turnout as "a miracle created by Hong Kongers." He told the press that...

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