Poll test for Hong Kong

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

LONG lines formed out­side Hong Kong polling sta­tions yes­ter­day in elec­tions that have be­come a barom­e­ter of pub­lic sup­port for anti-gov­ern­ment protests now in their sixth month.

The vot­ing for 452 seats in the city’s 18 district coun­cils has taken on sym­bolic im­por­tance in the semi-au­ton­o­mous Chi­nese ter­ri­tory.

A strong show­ing by the op­po­si­tion would show that the pub­lic still sup­ports the prodemoc­racy move­ment, even as the protests have be­come in­creas­ingly vi­o­lent.

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