East Asia Watch: Beijing and Hong Kong - a political tug-of-war

The coming district council elections in Hong Kong are generating a high level of interest, amid ongoing street protests and Beijing's tightening grip on the city

The district council elections in Hong Kong later this month are in danger of being scuttled as unrest in the city escalates following the death of a student last Friday, after he fell from a multi-storey carpark the previous weekend, and as a protester was shot yesterday by police.

Even before this, the pro-establishment camp had questioned whether the elections would be fair and just after one of its candidates, Mr Junius Ho, was stabbed in the chest last Wednesday. The pro-democracy or pan-democratic camp, for its part, has said that at least seven of its candidates have been attacked since July.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2019, with the headline 'Beijing and Hong Kong - a political tug-of-war'. Print Edition | Subscribe