The first “patriotic” elections begin in Hong Kong

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Votes for the 2021 electoral committee began in Hong Kong on Sunday morning. Around 4,900 selected residents of the financial metropolis vote on candidates who in turn will choose the next head of administration in Hong Kong.

The democratic room for maneuver for the population remains extremely limited: As early as March, Beijing heavily revised the city’s electoral system, so that only “patriots” are allowed as candidates who are unreservedly loyal to the Chinese government. Politicians from the pro-democracy camp, on the other hand, are almost absent.

In the summer of 2020, Beijing passed a draconian national security law for Hong Kong, which severely curtails the political rights of the people. Most opposition supporters have since either been arrested, withdrawn from politics, or fled abroad.

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