Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hong Kong Poll Turnout Buoys Democracy Activists

The New York Times

HONG KONG — An unofficial referendum on making the selection of Hong Kong’s chief executive more democratic has attracted votes equal to more than a fifth of the city’s electorate, organizers said Sunday, the referendum’s final day. They voiced hopes that the higher-than-anticipated participation would, along with a protest march scheduled for Tuesday, increase the pressure on the mainland Chinese government to give ground on the issue.

The results released Monday showed that an overwhelming majority of participants wants Hong Kong’s Legislative Council to reject any electoral reform proposal from the government that does not meet the international standards demanded by pro-democratic groups. [...]

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