Electoral reforms: A sea change in Hong Kong local politics

A makeshift stand set up on a busy street in Hong Kong where residents can sign in favour of proposed changes to the local electoral system.
A makeshift stand set up on a busy street in Hong Kong where residents can sign in favour of proposed changes to the local electoral system. PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG/BEIJING - The proposed amendments to Hong Kong's electoral system will irreversibly change the face of local politics in the city and, coming in the wake of last year's national security law, deal a body blow to hopes of free and open elections.

Foreign governments have spoken up about what they say is an end to democracy, but the reaction has appeared to be far more muted domestically, an effect of the national security law imposed on Hong Kong on June 30.

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