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World Hong Kong: Washington calls for "free" elections after Chinese warning

22:50  14 july  2020
22:50  14 july  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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More than 600,000 Hong Kong people took part in an unofficial poll this weekend despite warnings issued by the authorities in Beijing.

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American Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo congratulated the parties of the pro-democracy camp in Hong Kong on Tuesday for the organized primaries the day before, calling for "free and fair" legislative elections in September.

"Congratulations to the pro-democracy [parties] of Hong Kong for this successful primary. The election of the Legislative Council in September must also be free and fair," he wrote on Twitter.

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"We note, with serious concern, the threat by Hong Kong executive chief Carrie Lam that this primary may have violated the new Beijing law on 'national security ' in this territory, which shows once again that the Chinese Communist Party is afraid of democracy and the free will of its own people, "the secretary of state said in a statement.

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More than 600,000 Hong Kong people took part in this unofficial poll this weekend despite warnings by the authorities that 'He could break the new law imposed by Beijing.

This election was organized by the pro-democracy camp to designate the candidates who will run for seats in September in the Legislative Council (LegCo), the local parliament. China has called these primaries "serious provocation".

600,000 people in Hong Kong turned out to vote in primaries for pro-democracy parties. Now China says they could have all broken the draconian new security law. .
The Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong said the primary election for pro-democracy candidates, held on Sunday, was "nakedly illegal behavior."Votes were taken at 250 polling stations to chose the best candidates to challenge pro-China parties in the city's Legislative Council election, which is due to start on September 6.

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