Defiant Hong Kong delivers Beijing a hiding in elections

Defiant Hong Kong delivers Beijing a hiding in elections, by Hedley Thomas.

Hong Kong voters have capped five months of democracy protests, violence and anarchy with the most crushing electoral blow yet to the government and administration of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

The overwhelming rejection of establishment candidates and the pro-Beijing camp that have backed Ms Lam was telegraphed in district council elections held peacefully on Sunday and counted yesterday.

All but one of Hong Kong’s 18 local councils are now controlled by democrats. At the last election in 2015, the pro-Beijing establishment controlled all 18.

Almost 90 per cent of all 452 seats contested were won by anti-government candidates as pro-­Beijing candidates were trounced. The pro-democracy camp secured only about 100 seats in 2015. …

Doesn’t that add some legitimacy to the Hong Kong democracy movement? In a way that violent protests never could.