Barred election candidate Joshua Wong urges Hong Kong to vote to show discontent

Reuters Hong Kong Nov 24, 2019, 07.41 AM(IST)

Joshua Wong Photograph:( AFP )

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Wong, a leader of those protests when just 17, was disqualified from running in Sunday's elections because of his links to a political group promoting independence for Hong Kong, a red line for Communist Party rulers in Beijing.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong urged people to vote on Sunday (November 24) to show the city's discontent to Beijing.

Wong, a leader of those protests when just 17, was disqualified from running in Sunday's elections because of his links to a political group promoting independence for Hong Kong, a red line for Communist Party rulers in Beijing.

Wong said he was the only person disqualified out of more than 1,100 candidates in the district council elections.

Many Hong Kong people see the polls as a "referendum" on support for the anti-government protest movement, coming as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades.

As voting got underway at 7:30 a.m. (2330 GMT on Saturday), Reuters witnesses said there was only a small police presence, in contrast to earlier reports that riot police planned to guard all polling stations and almost all officers in the 31,000 strong force would be on duty.