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Hong Kong Votes in Election Seen as Referendum on Protests

Hong Kong Votes in Election Seen as Referendum on Protests

Saturday, 23 November 2019 07:37 PM

HONG KONG (AP) — Voting is underway in Hong Kong elections that have become a barometer of public support for anti-government protests now in their sixth month.

The polls opened Sunday morning for 452 seats in the city’s 18 district councils.

The councils are largely advisory and have little power. But the election has taken on symbolic importance in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

A strong showing by the opposition would show that the public still supports the pro-democracy movement, even as the protests have become increasingly violent.

The ruling camp in Hong Kong and the national government in Beijing hope that the unrest and disruption to daily life will turn voters against the movement.

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Voting is underway in Hong Kong elections that have become a barometer of public support for anti-government protests now in their sixth month.The polls opened Sunday morning for 452 seats in the city's 18 district councils.The councils are largely advisory and have little...
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