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China Suffers Hong Kong Blow as Voters Elect Young Activists

  • Candidates seeking vote on city’s future win legislative seats
  • Beijing warns that support for independence violates law
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Beijing Critics Win Seats in HK Legislature

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China will face new challenges managing Hong Kong’s demands for democracy after a record turnout of voters sent a crop of younger, more radical lawmakers to the city’s legislature.

At least six candidates who expressed support for holding a vote to decide the future of Chinese rule won seats on the 70-member Legislative Council, helping expand the pro-democracy bloc’s numbers in the chamber. Winners in the biggest election since 2014 street protests included Nathan Law, 23, a former student leader who encouraged classmates to camp on city streets for 79 days.