Pro-CCP candidates dominated a recent legislative election in Hong Kong amid growing paranoia over China’s impending clamp down on the independent city’s liberties.
Majority of the candidates shouted their “guaranteed win” slogan at the voting site, where a suspiciously low turnout of just more than 30 percent (half the turnout reported in 2016), became the deciding factor in the victory of the communist regime puppets.
“But 1.35 million coming out to vote – it cannot be said that it was not an election that did not get a lot of support from citizens,” Hong Kong Carrie Lam said in defense of the low electoral participation.
Just over 30% of people in Hong Kong turned up to vote in the controversial election that only allowed pro-Beijing candidates to run. pic.twitter.com/p98QfjyEap— DW News (@dwnews) December 20, 2021
Some insist however, that the turn out is a sign of legitimacy. This is especially true when you consider China’s recent national security law, as well as the exile or imprisonment of democratic candidates from Hong Kong who expressed their aspirations for public office.
Only candidates which the CCP has qualified as “patriots” were allowed to run for the election. This prompted various entities, including a conclave of foreign leaders, to issue statements condemning this election.
“We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, noting the outcome of the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong, express our grave concern over the erosion of democratic elements of the Special Administrative Region’s electoral system,” the foreign leaders said in a joint statement.
“Actions that undermine Hong Kong’s rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy are threatening our shared wish to see Hong Kong succeed,” the statement added.
The "fake election" of Hong Kong made it to the headlines. Less than a quarter of the seats in legislature are voted among ALL pro-Beijing candidates.— Nathan Law 羅冠聰 (@nathanlawkc) December 20, 2021
The boycott from Hong Kong people shows there's no mandate to this legislature. Beijing is unhappy.https://t.co/v34oFG90vK