Hong Kong protests simmer as city prepares for crucial local elections
An uneasy calm settled over Hong Kong on Saturday as the city prepared to go to the polls for local elections seen as a referendum on months of anti-government protests, after weeks of especially violent clashes between police and demonstrators.
On the grounds of the besieged Polytechnic University on the Kowloon peninsula, a dwindling number of protesters desperately sought a way out and others vowed not to surrender, days after some of the worst violence since anti-government demonstrations escalated in June.
One student protester who escaped the police cordon around the university without being arrested said on Saturday he had not expected the elections to go ahead.
“I don’t feel optimistic about the outcome at all,” he said.
The city is under tight security as a record 1,104 people gear up to run for 452 district council seats in Sunday’s elections.
A record 4.1 million Hong Kong people, from a population of 7.4 million, have enrolled to vote, spurred in part by registration campaigns during months of protests.
For the first time, riot police will guard all polling stations in the city and almost all officers in the 31,000-strong force will be on duty, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday, citing a senior police source.https://globalnews.ca/news/6208880/hong ... ion-polls/
I don't know how real these elections are.