- Title: Hong Kong opposition kicks off primary elections under shadow of security law
- Date: 11th July 2020
- Summary: VARIOUS OF VOLUNTEER DISTRIBUTING LEAFLETS AT STREET BOOTH VARIOUS OF RESIDENTS LINING UP OUTSIDE VOTING STATION IN CHEUNG SA WAN EXTERIOR OF VOTING STATION/ RESIDENTS WAITING OUTSIDE VOTING STATION VOTING STATION HELPER ASSISTING RESIDENTS (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 29-YEAR-OLD HONG KONG RESIDENT, MR. KWAN, WORKING IN EDUCATION SECTOR, SAYING: "(Casting my vote) can send a message to candidates of the pro-democracy camp that, after one year of anti-extradition bill protests, what kind of candidates we are looking for (in the upcoming election)." RESIDENTS WAITING OUTSIDE VOTING STATION VARIOUS OF VOTING STATION HELPER ASSISTING RESIDENT (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 58-YEAR-OLD HONG KONG RESIDENT AND CLERK, DECEM CHAN SAYING: "(If we succeed), we can have more say in the legislature. We don't want to be rubberstamp and we are not abjectly obedient citizens." ENTRANCE TO VOTING STATION RESIDENTS LINING UP OUTSIDE VOTING STATION VOTING STATION HELPER ASSISTING RESIDENT AT ENTRANCE OF VOTING STATION
- Embargoed: 25th July 2020 09:21
- Keywords: Beijing China Chinese Communist party Hong Kong Hong Kong protest Legislature democracy national security law primary election
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA005CMD5NPJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hong Kong's opposition camp set up polling booths across the Chinese-ruled city on Saturday (July 11) for primary elections aimed at selecting democracy candidates who stand the best chance of success in Legislative Council elections in September.
The primaries come less than two weeks after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on the Asian financial hub, stoking concerns that wide-ranging freedoms not seen in mainland China will be crushed.
The law punishes what China describes broadly as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with up to life in prison and allows mainland security agents to operate officially in Hong Kong for the first time.
Prominent pro-democracy figure Joshua Wong, who is one of the candidates in the primary election, urged residents to vote to show their resistance toward Beijing.
The election, which is only for the opposition camp, seeks to bolster the chance for democracy candidates to achieve a 35-plus majority in the 70-seat legislature in polls on September 6, potentially giving them power to block government proposals.
Althou gh the city's secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs has warned opposition parties the election could breach the new national security law and election laws, more than 59,000 people have casted their vote as of 0701GMT, according to the organiser Power for Democracy.
Decem Chan, 58, one of the local residents who queued outside a voting station in Cheung Sa Wan, told Reuters that she hopes their goal to boost the number of pro-democracy lawmakers can succeed.
"We can have more say in the legislature. We don't want to be rubberstamp and we are not abjectly obedient citizens," said Chan.
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