Hong Kong: 500,000 cast ‘protest’ vote against new security law

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“Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens have queued to cast ballots over the weekend in what the Chinese-ruled city’s opposition camp says is a symbolic protest vote against tough national security laws directly imposed by Beijing.”

“The unofficial poll will decide the strongest pro-democracy candidates to contest Legislative Council elections in September when they aim to ride a wave of anti-China sentiment stirred by the law to seize control for the first time from pro-Beijing rivals.”

“While the primaries are only for the opposition camp, observers are watching closely as they say the turnout will serve as a test of a broader opposition to the law, which critics say will gravely undermine the city’s freedoms.” –AlJazeera English

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