China Has Called Pre-Election By the Pro-Democratic Opposition Parties in Hong Kong

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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.

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