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Hong Kong vote sends clear message, but raises doubts about response

The HK public has sent a clear message to Beijing; response could be tighter grip on city

The pan-democrats are celebrating their resounding victory in Sunday's district council elections, but political observers, while acknowledging that the results send a clear message to Beijing, believe the road to political reform is fraught with obstacles.

The general consensus among those contacted by The Straits Times was that the months-long anti-government protests will continue, and Beijing will tighten its grip on the city.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2019, with the headline 'Vote sends clear message, but raises doubts about response'. Subscribe