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Hundreds of thousands vote in Hong Kong democracy “poll” in defiance of Beijing

Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 - 01:23

More than half a million Hong Kong residents vote on how they would like to elect their future leaders in an unofficial poll Beijing has called ''illegal''. Natalie Thomas reports.

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Hong Kong residents head to the polls This is not an official election, it's been set up by a group that's concerned Beijing plans to go back on its promise to allow democratic elections in the city The poll offers residents the chance to vote on how they would like to elect their leaders The organisers of the vote have seen opposition from pro-Beijing groups, both on the street and online (SOUNDBITE)(English) FORMER HONG KONG CHIEF SECRETARY, ANSON CHAN, SAYING: "Because we've seen so many efforts in the past few weeks to obstruct and to prevent us from coming out. The fact that already, in the first two days of voting, we have over half a million voters casting their votes and expressing their desire for genuine universal suffrage. I hope that this is a message that the government will take into account when formulating its proposals on universal suffrage." Beijing has called the election illegal (SOUNDBITE)(English) ANONYMOUS 'CARING HONG KONG' PROTESTERS, SAYING: "The teacher's association is encouraging young students to commit crime in Hong Kong. It's no good to push the young students to the battlefield." Beijing says Hong Kong can go ahead with a vote in 2017 for the city's top leader, however the law specifies that only a nominating committee can pick candidates. Pro-democracy activists say this should be changed to allow public nominations.

Hundreds of thousands vote in Hong Kong democracy “poll” in defiance of Beijing

Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 - 01:23

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