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FACE OF CHANGE: Democracy rallies have lost support since Beijing backed Donald Tsang for the top job

This time last year, Jackie Hung was working 24/7. As the organizer of Hong Kong's second July 1 pro-democracy march, Hung was swamped by daily meetings with political groups, NGOs, and the authorities to discuss turnout and crowd control. She'd dash from the printers, where she would vet T shirts, to subway stations to distribute pamphlets. Food was an afterthought takeaway noodles or a steamed pork bun on the run. Hung's hours paid off. The rallies on July 1 in 2003 and '04 both drew a mix of half a million marchers workers, professionals, businesspeople and just plain ordinary folk vigorously...

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