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Hong Kong’s Pro-democracy Parties Sweep Pro-Beijing Establishment Aside In Local Elections

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy parties sweep pro-Beijing establishment aside in local elections

Pro-democracy parties scored stunning gains in the Hong Kong district council elections Sunday, sweeping aside pro-Beijing parties in a significant endorsement of the protest movement and an indictment of the political establishment seen as responsible for months of unrest in the city.

Voters took to the polls in record numbers to cast ballots in the only fully democratic election in the Chinese territory, an early sign that they wanted to send a strong message to their government and to the Communist Party in Beijing.

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