20191125: Hong Kong Elections

Originally written for another blog in November of 2019. Copied here to preserve work.

Amazing to compare the sentiment in Hong Kong one year later.

Freedom is easy……. when it’s not in danger. A challenge to freedom, awakens a sleeping giant.

The results of the Hong Kong Elections, after 6 months of protests, are a staggering win for the Pro-Democracy effort and a slap-heard-round-the-world, to Beijing.

From RTHK:

“…… no one was predicting that the pro-democracy camp would win a majority of seats – much less almost all of them.”

“While official results are yet to be announced, partial counts suggest that opposition candidates should win an overwhelming majority of the 452 District Council seats up for grabs, and may have a winning ratio of as high as nine-to-one.”

Seven out of eight pro-democracy lawmakers who fought for a seat in the polls won, with the exception of Council Front lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick, who lost to independent Lai Wing-tim in Yuen Long.

 https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1494226-20191125.htm?spTabChangeable=0

From the Sydney morning Herald, even better news.

“…… yielded a landslide win to pro-democracy candidates, delivering a strong rebuke to chief executive Carrie Lam from the people of Hong Kong and shocking Beijing ……

” ……3 million people in a city of 7 million queued to vote in the local election held every four years, or 71.2 per cent of registered voters. At the previous election just 47 per cent voted. 

By Monday morning pro democracy candidates appeared to have won a stunning 390 of the 452 seats and were on track to control at least 17 of 18 district councils. (emphasis is mine)

 https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/hong-kong-voters-deliver-pro-democracy-message-in-de-facto-referendum-20191125-p53dod.html

Beijing is rather surprised, insisting, no matter what, Hong Kong is still part of China…….. they would not allow “Separatists” to run for office.

Separatism is banned under Hong Kong law. But Wong’s last-minute substitute, Kelvin Lam, won the seat of South Horizons West. Wong wrote on Twitter: “I’m extremely delighted to announce that, despite my disqualification by Beijing, my backup candidate Kelvin Lam has won in South Horizons West with 57 per cent of the vote.”” (Sydney Morning Herald)

Take a few moments and look at this website for election results. Pro-Democracy is green. Look at all the green!https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1198623172687351810&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwqth.wordpress.com%2F2019%2F11%2F25%2Fhong-kong-election-results%2F&siteScreenName=wordpressdotcom&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

America was watching as well.

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Somewhat satisfying to watch the NYTimes forced to admit Communism FAILED when elections take place.

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Even the South China Morning Post had to admit losing control in 17/18 districts. How on earth can the CCP keep news of this landslide win from the people on the mainland?

Freedom tends to spread like wildfire…….

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The Chinese Foreign Minister looks constipated. Bwwhhwhahaaa.

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THIS IS WHY AMERICA IS SO IMPORTANT!

LOOK AT THE CELEBRATION.

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