not just empty symbolism

“The government will closely monitor today’s turnout for the march in Victoria Park to gauge the strength of opposition to its proposal….┬áIf the march draws a substantial turnout or exceeds 100,000, the administration will face the risk of some pro-government legislators withdrawing their support for the bill,” a person in the government said.“

"The government’s goal is to eliminate the current system for by-elections, which it says was abused by lawmakers who resigned last year to trigger by-elections they hoped would be de facto referendum on democratisation.”

[SCMP]

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