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Democracy activist law urges Hong Kong voters to ignore the December 19 elections

File Photo: Democratic activist Nathan Law was interviewed by a journalist outside the Final Court of Appeals after bail was granted in Hong Kong, China, on October 24, 2017. REUTERS / Bobby Yip / File Photo

December 3, 2021

London (Reuters) – Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has called on voters in his hometown to ignore this month’s legislative elections.

In March, China announced a major change in the electoral system of the former British colony, reducing the number of directly elected representatives and increasing the number of Beijing-approved officials in the expanded legislature.

Candidates for the election scheduled for December 19, after being postponed for more than a year due to the coronavirus, are also being scrutinized for their patriotism.

“Ignore them,” Rho said in an interview from London at the Reuters Next Conference. “We should not justify the election. We should not pretend we are in the election. It is just a choice by Beijing.”

A spokesman for the Chinese embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the law’s remarks. Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam said in September that the purpose of the election system change was to ensure that “patriots control Hong Kong.”

China said the law was a “criminal suspect desired by Hong Kong police” for national security breaches.

In an interview, the law, which fled Hong Kong in 2020 and was granted asylum by Britain, cast China’s President Xi Jinping as an undisputed “emperor.”

He said that Hong Kong’s democratic system was dead, but its spirit remained in people’s hearts.

“Democracy, if you’re talking about the system, it’s certainly not there-but if you’re talking about the spirit of those who are fighting for democracy, it’s still there.”

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(Edited by Nick Tattersall)



Democracy activist law urges Hong Kong voters to ignore the December 19 elections

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