These are the young Hong Kongers who defeated the Chinese Party in the elections



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These are the young Hong Kongers who defeated the Chinese Party in the elections



In the local elections in Hong Kong, which saw a record number of voters, candidates advocating greater democracy in this autonomous province of China and the former British colony won an incredible victory.

With turnout above 70%, Hong Kong voters sent an unambiguous message against Beijing and pro-Beijing politicians in Hong Kong. Namely, pro-Democratic candidates won almost 90% of seats in 18 city councils thanks to an electoral system that favors those who win the majority.



Of the 452 seats in Hong Kong district councils that are directly elected, pro-Democratic candidates received as many as 389 seats, the most so far and far more than the 124 they won in the last election. Allies of the Chinese Communist Party received only 58 seats, while they won 300 in the last election.

In this way, they have shown that they continue to support, in principle, a mass protest movement for greater autonomy and democracy that has been ongoing for half a year, despite the worrying escalation of violence between protesters and police in the meantime, the New York Times reports.

Turnout 70%, with pro-democracy parties getting 90% of the seats

By comparison, turnout in the last 2014 elections was 47%: of the approximately three million voters who went to the polls, a significant proportion were young, among whom turnout has been much lower so far. Recall that Hong Kong has a population of 7.4 million, and at the height of the protests, according to organizers, nearly 2 million people took to the streets.

It is the young Hong Kong people who are the main force behind the mass protests that are shaking Hong Kong, and now some of the leaders of those protests, which began because of the controversial extradition law of Hong Kong Chinese citizens, have become new MPs.

“This is the power of democracy. This is the democratic tsunami,” said Tommy Cheung, a former student protest leader who won a seat in Yuen Long district, near the Chinese border.

Among the winning candidates is Jimmy Sham of the Civic Front for Human Rights, who organized some of the anti-government rallies.

A candidate beaten by a pro-Beijing attack with a hammer won the seat

The 32-year-old Sham, who has already been beaten twice by unknown, apparently pro-government gunmen armed with batons, said this was a “victory for Hong Kong residents” and that the government must listen to their voices. Sham was also a prominent LGBT rights activist before the protest, and his sexual orientation became the topic of numerous attacks on social networks after the protest began, according to the BBC.

In the latest attack in October, he was left in the street to lie in his blood. His organization claims that a group of men attacked him with a hammer and injured his head. Nevertheless, he continued the campaign as soon as he recovered.

BREAKING: Jimmy Sham, the Convener of the pro-democracy organization Civil Civil Rights Front, was just brutally attacked in Mongkok.
The CHRF is currently organizing a mass protest on the coming Sunday (20 Oct). #HongKongProtests #FreedomHK #StandWithHongKong pic.twitter.com/y22VWbM328

– Freedom HK (@FreedomHKG) October 16, 2019

23-year-old Karrine Fu, who defeated a pro-Chinese candidate by only 59 votes in her Fort Street unit, is a child of immigrants from China. This art academy graduate emphasized that she was running for protest.

Student candidate receiving death threats, defeating a powerful politician anyway

21-year-old political science and public administration student Jordan Pang won in his unit the Vice President of the largest pro-China party, the Democratic Alliance for the Improvement and Progress of Hong Kong, Horace Cheung, who holds seats in both the Legislative and Executive Councils.

Pang received anonymous threats to surrender to police or be killed, but continued his campaign.

“There has been an awakening of the people of Hong Kong,” said Alan Leong, chairman of one of Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy parties, the Civic Party.

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“I am really impressed with Hong Kong voters who came out to vote to show their demands to stop police brutality, but we are not satisfied with just entering city councils. We need to have direct elections for the government. We need to elect Hong Kong's chief governor,” commented probably protest leader and Demosisto party president Joshua Wong.

China: Attempts to Create Chaos in Hong Kong Will Fail

Specifically, these were the lowest level elections in Hong Kong, the equivalent of our city district elections. The elected representatives in these councils have very limited powers and mainly deal with communal, traffic and similar issues. In the Legislative Council only half of the members are elected, while the other half is appointed from above.

But the elections have great symbolic power, because they are seen as a referendum on protests in which one of the main demands is complete democratization.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has argued all this time that her intransigence with protesters is backed by a “silent majority” of Hong Kongers, but the results of this election have shown that this is far from true, the Guardian reports. She said today that she would “listen modestly” to the views of the public and seriously consider their “dissatisfaction with the current situation”:

Beijing, on the other hand, did not have a similarly conciliatory tone. “Whatever happens, Hong Kong is forever a part of China and any attempt to create chaos in Hong Kong or threaten prosperity and stability will fail,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a visit to Japan.

These are the young Hong Kongers who defeated the Chinese Party in the elections

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