As reported by the Reuters, Pro-democracy candidates in Hong-Kong marked landslide majority in the district council elections. Many residents turned out on Sunday for voting. This historical win came up following the six months long protest in the city. The ‘anti-government’ protest grabbed attention since it started. Amid the ongoing unrest embroiling the city, the democratic candidates secured more than half of the total 452 district council seats. For the first time democrats achieved such a huge level of success. They defeated strongly resourced opposition.
The city is dominated by communist China. The district councils handle some local livelihood issues like transport. This one’s an important grassroot platform and reflect political influence. The worst political crisis of the decade is affecting common people majorly and this landslide victory has come up as a relief. According to some candidates who won, this is ‘vote of support for the protest movement’. One student protest leader and a winner of a seat in Yuen Long said - “This is the power of democracy. This is a democratic tsunami”.
According to people, the ‘ignorance’ of people’s demands inspired Hong Kong people to vote for the ‘right people’ i.e., the democrats.
“The government needs to know that if they don’t answer our demands, we will continue demanding and the protests will not stop” – This statement by a pro-democratic voter explains a lot about the current situation in Hong Kong.
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