China has called the pre-election by the pro-democratic opposition parties in Hong Kong a “serious provocation”.
Some of the campaigns therein may have violated the new national security law introduced for Hong Kong.
“This is a serious provocation against the current electoral system,” said the Hong Kong office that the Chinese government represented Monday evening.
More than 600,000 voters participated in a pre-election of the opposition in Hong Kong. They chose candidates for the upcoming elections despite warnings from government officials that the pre-election may conflict with the new legislation.
However, that did not seem to deter voters. The initiative aims to select the candidates of the pro-democracy opposition to participate in the parliamentary elections in September.
According to the office, campaigning to gain control of parliament through election gains is already a violation of the new security law.