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Young Hong Kongers vow to take on Beijing after primary success

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Young Hong Kong pro-democracy politicians vowed Wednesday they would not be cowed by China’s new security law and would press ahead with plans…
Young Hong Kong pro-democracy politicians vowed Wednesday they would not be cowed by China’s new security law and would press ahead with plans to win a majority in the city’s legislature.
More than 600,000 people turned out at the weekend to choose candidates for upcoming legislative elections despite warnings from government officials that the exercise itself could breach Beijing’s sweeping new law.
The unofficial primary vote was an attempt by a coalition of democracy groups to avoid a potentially damaging voter split during September’s polls for the city’s partially elected legislature.
Results released Wednesday showed sixteen young firebrand politicians — who have dubbed themselves the “resistance camp” and have long been critical of Beijing — had done especially well.
Older, more traditional candidates, made up a smaller selection of winners.
The young activists include 23-year-old former student protest leader Joshua Wong, as well as Jimmy Sham, who helped organise last year’s huge pro-democracy rallies.

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