Hong Kong’s leader refuses to give ground despite poll result

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Movement Crushes Beijing At The Ballot Box

In major rebuke to Beijing, democracy camp wins Hong Kong elections in landslide

But the election winners were not mentioned in Chinese-language state media on Tuesday, including official broadcaster CCTV and Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily.

True, Hong Kong people enjoy rights that no other Chinese have, like freedom of speech and independent courts.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a press conference in Hong Kong, October 29, 2019.

China and pro-Beijing campaigners had hoped the election would show a groundswell of support for a so-called "silent majority", although this did not materialize, as numerous region's leading pro-Beijing candidates lost their seats.

What they want is for the government to address the demands of the protesters as a way to end the violence, rather than reject them and rely on the police to restore order. But it makes it very hard for Lam to negotiate a deal, or for the students at the heart of the protests to guarantee that a deal would definitely end them.

More than 5,000 people have been arrested in the unrest that has contributed to Hong Kong's first recession in a decade.

In a rout that stunned the semi-autonomous territory, candidates seeking to loosen control by China seized an overwhelming majority of the 452 elected seats in the city's 18 district councils, bodies that have historically been firmly in the grip of a Beijingaligned establishment.

Lam said in a statement Monday that her government "will listen to the opinions of members of the public humbly and seriously reflect", but gave no indication of any change in strategy.

The "unstable environment and a chaotic situation" had held up progress, she added, but the government hoped a lull in violence could be used to find a way out of the crisis. By that time, however, the protesters were demanding much more than its withdrawal, and have since regularly clashed with police, vandalized the city's public transit network, blocked roads and taken over university campuses.

Some pro-establishment figures have pointed fingers at Ms Lam for their loss, while the pro-democracy camp has asked her to step down.

The protests started over a now-withdrawn extradition bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial but rapidly evolved into calls for full democracy, posing the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

Carrie Lam, the embattled leader of the territory, acknowledged that some people viewed the results as a representation of public "dissatisfaction with the current situation and the deep-seated problems in society".

Meanwhile, faculty teams who searched through Hong Kong's Polytechnic University have found a young woman in a weak condition.

Hours after Wang's comments, a ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also avoided directly commenting on the results, but made a fresh attack on the protest movement, which China has repeatedly claimed is being supported by foreign powers seeking to undermine the country.

Trump has not committed to signing it and has 10 days from the time of its passage last week to veto it.

The military has several thousand troops in Hong Kong, but deploying them is a last resort as it would revive memories of the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy student protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989 and bring widespread condemnation from the USA and other western powers. If he does not do so, it automatically becomes law, while Congress could also override a veto with a two-thirds majority in both houses.

Trump cited his "very good relationship" with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that the US was in the final stages of an important trade deal. China has accused foreign forces and money of being a "black hand" behind the protests.

What does the outcome of the elections mean for Hong Kong's future?

One Hong Kong newspaper, Sing Pao, published a front-page spread for the second successive day calling for Lam's resignation.

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