Hong Kong democracy parties have won a landslide election victory over backers of the Chinese government in an overwhelming expression of support for the long-running anti-government protests. According to Hong Kong television, 390 of the 452 district council seats — almost nine out of ten — fell to the “pan-democrat” coalition of parties opposed to the pro-Chinese administration of Carrie Lam, the chief executive. Previously, they did not hold a single one of the 18 local councils; now they control all but one of them
People turned out in record numbers to eject pro-Beijing politicians from district councils they had controlled across the city. They held on to little over 10 percent of the 452 openly contested seats. Pro-democracy candidates won a majority of seats on all 18 councils, although they will only control 17 because a large number of government appointees shifted the balance of power in the Islands district.
According to Bild, they stole jewellery and diamonds which may have been worth up to a billion euros (£850million), although police are yet to reveal exactly what was taken. The burglars escaped in a saloon car and remain at large after raiding one of Europe’s largest collections of treasures.
“This district election shows that the central government needs to face the demands of a democratic system,” said Wu Chi-wai, chair of the Democratic Party, Hong Kong’s largest anti-establishment party. “Today’s result is the first step of our long way to democracy.” Tommy Cheung, a former student protest leader who won a seat in the Yuen Long district close to China’s border, called it a “democratic tsunami”. “This is the power of democracy,” he said.
Police officers were reportedly shocked by the foul condition of the flat. The toilet was not working properly and the family used the bath tub instead. The tub was covered with a thick layer of dirt and infested with worms.