Democracy Surges in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s stunning vote deepens China’s conundrum


from The Washington Post, Monday Nov. 25, 2019

by Ishaan Tharoor

For months, millions of Hong Kongers have taken to the streets in defense of their unique political freedoms, clamoring for greater democratic reforms while waging street battles with the city’s increasingly brutal police forces. On Sunday, they delivered the same message in a different format: the ballot box. Backed by record voter turnout, pro-democracy politicians swept Hong Kong’s local district elections, seizing control of more than 80 percent of the contested seats. The verdict was unmistakable and another stinging riposte to China’s authoritarian leadership in Beijing.