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Hong Kong Protesters’ Biggest Demand Is Democracy

Voting rights are at the heart of tensions with China
The Legislative Council building after protesters ransacked it on July 1

As protesters stormed Hong Kong’s legislature on July 1, a masked young man held up a megaphone at the front of the chamber and declared: “I want genuine universal suffrage!”

The demand was part of a list read aloud in the ransacked council room and is at the heart of the protests that have roiled the government this year. The clashes began as an attempt to bar Chief Executive Carrie Lam from changing the local extradition law to

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