The six months-long public protests against the ruling government in Hong Kong has finally paid off. The pro-democracy candidates won about 90% of the total 452 district council seats.
The landslide victory of pro-democrats in the election is likely to put enormous pressure on the Chinese leaders to bring a peaceful solution to the ongoing public unrest.
Hong Kong became part of Chinese rule in 1997 after the British abandoned it. Since then, the Hong Kong Government is functioning as an autonomous region under the Chinese doctrine of “one country, two systems”. The public unrest in Hong Kong erupted in June 2019, when the Chinese Government passed a law, Extradition Bill, which allows the government to trail citizens by extradition to mainland China. The people of Hong Kong opposed the bill and criticized that the bill destroyed the virtue of freedom and democracy.
Despite the existing political turmoil, Hong Kong witnessed more than 71% of nearly about 7.4 million voters turnout for the election. The pro-democrats secured twice the numbers of the previous election that took place four years ago. Considering the results, an indication for the restoration of democracy, Democratic Party Chairman, Wu Chi-Wai reacted, “Today’s result is the first step of our long way to democracy.” He further added that the central government has to act according to people’s verdict, as the result is the demonstration of people’s value of freedom and democracy.
In the backdrop of the election result, Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing chief executive, Carrie Lam expresses that the government will respect people’s mandate and work for a peaceful situation in Hong Kong. Lam considers that the election results were closely linked to the public’s dissatisfaction against the current situation. Sophie Richardson, the Director of Human Rights Watch in China, considers that the result would bring an agreement between Hong Kong and Beijing authorities to resolve the issues of restructuring the legal system in Hong Kong.
Starry Lee, who is the Chairwoman of the city’s largest pro-Beijing party, offered her resignation, and took the blame for her party’s performance in the election. Lester Shum, a student leader who won a seat in the election expressed, “I believe this result is because there are a lot of voters who hope to use this election and their vote to show their support for the (protest) movement, and their five demands, and their dissatisfaction with the Hong Kong government.” He further explained, “The district council is just one very important path of struggle. In the future, we must find other paths of struggle to keep fighting.”
The protest is considered to be the biggest challenge against the inception of the Chinese President Xi Jinping Government in 2012. The defeat of pro-Beijing candidates in the election is considered to be a victory for democracy and many voters continued chanting of the slogan, “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution Now”.
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