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As midnight struck on June 30, 1997, and Hong Kong transitioned from British to Chinese rule, pro-democracy lawmaker Lee Wing-tat stood with colleagues on the balcony of the city’s legislature, holding a defiant protest.

Hong Kong will mark the 25th anniversary of the handover on Friday and the halfway point of “One Country, Two Systems” — the governance model agreed on by the U.K. and China under which the city was to keep some autonomy and freedoms.

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