Skip to comments.HK in unofficial democracy vote, alarming Beijing
Posted on 06/20/2014 6:37:21 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers voted Friday in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform that has alarmed Beijing and sets the stage for a possible showdown with the government, with mass protests aimed at shutting down the Chinese capitalist enclaves financial district.
Tensions are boiling over in Hong Kong, which came back under Chinese control in 1997, over how to choose the citys next leader.
Since the end of British colonial rule, Hong Kongs leaders have been picked by an elite pro-Beijing committee. Beijing has pledged to allow Hong Kongers to choose their own chief executive starting in 2017.
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