The Legislative Council election on September 4 marks a turning point in Hong Kong’s political history. An unprecedented number of candidates contested seats this year. The usual competition between the pan-democratic and the pro-establishment camps was joined by a band of young localists, some of whom have vowed to place Hong Kong independence on their agenda if elected. And for the first time, on election day polling stations were heavily guarded by police over concerns localist activists would disrupt the elections.
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