Hong Kong election: Concern over mass arrests, police in riot gear at the polls

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Hongkongers are heading to the polls for their local district council elections this Sunday. Just 5 hours after polls opened over 1.2 million cast their ballot. That eclipsed the entirety of the 2015 voter turnout in just a few hours.

This election is largely seen as a referendum on the protests that have gripped the city for the past 36 weeks. This is the first election where every electoral district has seen no acclamations.

The city has fallen silent over the past 14 hours as protesters became concerned mass arrests would inhibit their ability to cast a ballot on Sunday.

Police in riot gear have been flexing their muscles at polls across the city. We interview police officers as well as as a Democrat and pro-Beijing candidates.

To follow along and to help us support this on-the-ground journalism please visit HongKongReports.com. Thank you!

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  • By Ezra Levant

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