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A mass disqualification of prominent figures in Hong Kong’s opposition on Thursday was a stunning blow to the camp but now the threat of fragmentation could also lie ahead, insiders warned.That was the unspoken fear among senior democrats as they mulled their fate after 12 election hopefuls were banned from contesting the now-postponed Legislative Council polls that were due to be held on September 6.Those banned were not just localists known for their confrontational politics, but also three…

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