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Fear of loss of rights, distrust of China fuel record turnout

Hong Kongers worry that 'one country, two systems' principle is under threat

Fear of losing their rights and a lack of trust in China's judiciary led to what was undoubtedly Hong Kong's biggest street protest since the 1997 handover, with organisers saying more than a million people hit the streets on Sunday in an unprecedented show of strength.

The protesters, in no uncertain terms, showed their disapproval of a proposed extradition law, although the authorities have vowed to press ahead.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2019, with the headline 'Fear of loss of rights, distrust of China fuel record turnout'. Print Edition | Subscribe