China spoke of "democratic progress" in the elections in Hong Kong: only regime candidates participated.


China spoke of "democratic progress" in the elections in Hong Kong: only regime candidates participated.

The new law promoted by Beijing only allowed the participation of "patriots" who celebrated the victory with a white paper. Pro-democracy candidates are in prison or were banned—record abstention.

The Chinese regime celebrated the expected favorable results of the Hong Kong elections. It published a white paper in which it referred to the "democratic progress" that was achieved in the financial city. The news was announced by the state broadcaster Xinhua on Monday. Under the title, China published a white paper on Hong Kong's democratic progress under the framework of "one country with two systems ."

"The Information Office of the State Council, China's cabinet, issued a white paper entitled Hong Kong: Democratic Progress Under the Framework of 'One Country with Two Systems. 'The document presents a comprehensive review of the origin and development of democracy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and the principles and position of the central government," the official text states.

This Sunday, the local elections were held in Hong Kong. The main characteristic was that the opposition candidates could not stand either because they were banned or remained in prison for demonstrating openly against the Beijing regime. The central power of the Chinese Communist Party (PCC) only authorized those political leaders who spoke as "patriots" to present themselves as candidates, that is, who did not question the party leadership.

"Facts have shown time, and again that anti-China instigators in Hong Kong and the external groups that back them must be held accountable for impeding Hong Kong's development towards democracy, notes the white paper," says the Xinhua cable.

The information continues and recognizes the maneuver made by Beijing to avoid dissent in Hong Kong: "To put an end to the political turmoil of recent years in Hong Kong, the CCP and the central government have made a series of important decisions, according to the document, which among them highlights the strengthening of the general jurisdiction of the central authorities over the HKSAR by the Constitution and the Basic Law, the improvement of the pertinent systems and mechanisms to enforce the Constitution and the Basic Law, the reinforcement of the legal framework and enforcement mechanisms to safeguard national security in the HKSAR, and the improvement of the electoral system in the region."

Without opponents, without participation.

Pro-regime candidates prevailed in legislatures that could only be run by "patriots," which their critics considered undemocratic, with a turnout that reached an all-time low in the context of China's repression of freedom in the city. Pro-democracy activists viewed the 30.2% turnout, about half the previous vote in 2016, as a rebuke to Beijing after imposing a strict national security law and sweeping electoral changes to bring the city under its authoritarian control.

Pro-regime candidates filled almost all the seats. Some of whom cheered the results on stage at the vote-counting center and chanted "victory guaranteed ." Hong Kong's top leader, Carrie Lam, told a news conference on Monday that turnout was meager, but she couldn't give specific reasons for it.

"But 1.35 million people turned out to vote, it cannot be said that it was not an ... election that did not receive much support from the citizens," Lam said.

Asked if low turnout means her party lacks public support, Starry Lee, the pro- Beijing Hong Kong Democratic Alliance for Improvement and Progress (DAB), who won Half of the directly elected seats, said rules that only allow "patriots" to participate would improve governance.

"It takes some time for people to adjust to this system," he told reporters at the vote-counting center.

The elections - in which only candidates identified by the PCC as "patriots" can stand - have been criticized by some foreign governments, human rights groups, and Hong Kong's leading pro-democracy parties, which did not participate in the elections for consider them undemocratic.

Most of the dozen candidates who called themselves moderates, including former Democratic MP Frederick Fung, did not win a seat, succumbing to their rivals in Beijing. "It is not easy to push people (to vote). I think they are indifferent, "Fung told Reuters.