Riot police stand outside of a polling place in Hong Kong, Sunday. Photo: AP/Kin Cheung
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High turnout in Hong Kong vote seen as referendum on protest

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At 1:30 PM more people have already voted (1,746,709) today than in total in 2015 (1,467,229).

Polling stations close at 10:30 PM

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Correction: at 2:30 PM Hong Kong time (not 1:30 PM)

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Might be the last time they get a vote in anything.

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It would be sadly ironic if China's crackdown on freedom extended to HK. All those 50 Cent voices who routinely try and shut down debate, would themselves be unable to post on forums like this.

Stay safe and free, Hong Kong.

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...citizens of (HK) turned out in droves Sunday for an election seen as a test of public support for anti-government protests that have persisted for more than five months.

So, China is succeeding in making the citizens tired of the protests. Then they (citizens of HK) will willingly vote to accept communist China because it means no more protests.

Sad news.

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Both the ruling camp in Hong Kong and the central government in Beijing hope that the unrest will turn voters against the protesters.

It is fantastic to have a vote happening now! It will be a long night. I'm expecting (and hope) the vote to support brave young people who are calling out the government that is imposing their prejudices on the population. The trend in the world is for more open government.

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vote Free and Independent Hong Kong. It can flourish and support itself without assistance from China.

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Very democratic

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"riot police"

riiiight.

Wonder what their ranks in the PLA are.

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The HK Police appear to have grown a couple of inches in height over the past couple of Months. Does anyone know what Drugs/Supplements they're taking as I'd like to use them too please.

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WilliB, said "Or were you praising Taiwan? In that case, I might agree with you."

I can't be against 1.6 billion northeast asians, they all choose Beijing govt as the leader.

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I can't be against 1.6 billion northeast asians, they all choose Beijing govt as the leader.

Really? When was this supposed election of the CCP?

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Vote NO for communism!

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Strangerland said "Really? When was this supposed election of the CCP?"

1949 when the new China was founded, and when the Chinese people stand up.

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1949 when the new China was founded, and when the Chinese people stand up.

I can't see any reference to an election then.

Also, you said 1.6 billion people voted for the CPP - does that include the 10-50 million people that died as a result of Mao's cultural revolution after 1949? And does it include the Chinese who had to flee the country and start the independent nation of Taiwan?

Also, you said 1.6 billion people had chosen the CPP - there were not 1.6 billion Chinese people in 1949.

I'm starting to think you don't know the real history of China, and in fact only know the propaganda lies the CPP has told you.

Good thing those of us here in free countries that aren't brainwashed by the CPP are here to be able to tell you the truth.

The truth is that 1.6 billion Chinese people are prisoners of a dictatorship that was never chosen by the people, and only represents the interests of the few hundred people in the CPP.

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Pro-democracy means pro-majority people, as simple as that.

It's interesting trying to watch people who have never known or seen democracy trying to tell us what it is.

It's like watching a blind person describe the color green.

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Akie:

I can't be against 1.6 billion northeast asians, they all choose Beijing govt as the leader.

When did the mainland Chinese actually have choice in the one-party system?

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