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Hong Kong Doubts China Will Soften Stance After Election Shock

  • ‘I don’t think that there will be a political compromise’
  • China says stopping violence is the ‘paramount task’
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Hong Kong’s residents handed an overwhelming victory to pro-democracy candidates. Bloomberg’s Rosalind Chin reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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In early June, Chief Executive Carrie Lam kicked off unprecedented chaos when she dismissed enormous crowds of Hong Kongers who marched peacefully to oppose legislation allowing extraditions to China.

On Sunday, the masses again spoke clearly and peacefully -- this time giving 85% of 452 District Council seats to pro-democracy candidates, a swing of more than 50 percentage points. Nearly 3 million people cast ballots in the first vote since the unrest began for a record turnout of 71%.