Hong Kong, China – Throngs of voters in Hong Kong have taken to the polls for extremely anticipated native elections seen as a barometer of public opinion after almost six months of more and more violent protests which have polarised the Chinese language territory.
Earlier than dawn on Sunday, lengthy queues started to snake across the metropolis’s neighbourhoods as a mixture of younger and previous voters waited for the polls – the primary since political unrest erupted in June – to open.
Within the working-class neighbourhood of Yau Ma Tei, a daily scene of clashes between police and demonstrators, nobody ready in line wore black, surgical masks or chanted slogans – all hallmarks of the pro-democracy protest motion.
The queue was quiet and orderly as voters ate breakfast in line and scrolled by way of their telephones. Small squads of riot police had been seen mingling round.
“I wish to say ‘no’ to the federal government, to what they’ve executed these previous few months,” mentioned Patrick Yeung, a 33-year-old IT employee who got here early to vote, anticipating lengthy strains.
“It makes me very offended … [Chief Executive] Carrie Lam simply does not hearken to Hong Kong. We have come out so many occasions and so they do not hear and make this case worse.”
By 13:30pm, greater than 1.5 million individuals had turned out to vote within the metropolis’s solely comparatively free election, a turnout fee of almost 37 % that surpassed the full variety of over 1.four million voters who turned out within the earlier native elections 4 years in the past.