Hong Kong Elections: No, We Don’t Want Communism!

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Pro-Democracy candidates coasted to a massive 90% win in Hong Kong Elections on Monday. The only district to go pro-Beijing was the Island district, 8 of their 10 seats are automatically given to pro-government candidates.

“To say no to tyranny, the ballot on our hand is very important.” Anson Chan in The Epoch Times

Universal voting rights are one of the demands of the pro-democracy movement. These elections were for local districts, and those who won them have little power. Beijing claimed that there was  no such thing as a “silent majority” – the elections proved them wrong.  The results did send a loud and clear message to Beijing: they want democracy. Many took to champagne to celebrate the victories.

SCMP (South China Morning Post) reported:

“The anti-government anger boiling up over nearly six months of protests made its mark in polling stations across Hong Kong on Sunday, when voters turned out in their droves to back the pan-democrats over their pro-establishment rivals.
By noon on Monday, the pro-democracy camp seized 17 out of 18 district councils, taking more than 340 of the 452 seats. All councils were previously under pro-establishment control after its candidates dominated the 2015 elections.
Islands district – which has 10 elected seats and eight given automatically to pro-establishment rural chiefs – was the only one held by the pro-Beijing camp.”

The Hong Kong elections revealed  a 71.2% turnout- the largest since 1999. They basically threw a giant middle finger to the Communist regime in Beijing. But with the Communists still in charge of Hong Kong, it will take more than election results to make a change. The road ahead is long – the battle is not over.

The biggest issue with this result is that the Communist government of China may make it nearly impossible for the newly elected members to fulfill their campaign promises, IF they don’t immediately crack down on the winners. Pro-Beijing forces do not like the pro-democracy movement and have been vocal against them…not to mention violent.

The Chinese news media Xinhua published a report on the Hong Kong elections, but never mentioned the final result. They attempted to make sure that mainland Chinese didn’t know what was happening.

Beijing is now in a difficult position – what will they do next?

 

Featured photo: South China Morning Post screenshot

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