Students have been protesting in Hong Kong for a few months. The protests are against China getting more control of the Hong Kong government. The city of Hong Kong was a British colony before it was returned to China in the 1990s. Since then, there have been arguments over how Hong Kong should be ruled. It has been allowed to have its own government.
Students recently started to protest for more democracy and against rule by the Chinese Communist Party. Some of the events turned violent, but an election in the city shows the protests have wide support. The protestors want democracy, which gives people more freedom and the right to vote for their leaders.
The district council election in Hong Kong gave a victory to the pro-democracy camp.
The election was held to choose local councilors for each district (area) in the city.
More than 2.9 million people voted in the election – that’s 71% of voters. Of the 452 district council seats, pro-democratic candidates won 385. They got more than 85% of the votes.
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said that she “respected the results.” She promised the government would “humbly and seriously reflect” on the election result.
No Democracy – Yet
The election will not directly change Hong Kong’s government or leader. Even with the new district council members, the pro-democracy camp holds less than half of the government.
China accused the U.S. of trying to interfere in the area, but it hasn’t taken action to stop the protests, leaving that to the Hong Kong government.
This election has made the pro-democracy movement more confident. The protesters now know that most people in Hong Kong are on their side.