Pro-Beijing ‘patriots’ sweep Hong Kong election with record low turnout

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By James Pomfret and Edmond Ng HONG KONG (Reuters) -Pro-Beijing candidates swept to victory in an overhauled “patriots”-only legislative election in Hong Kong that critics deemed undemocratic, with turnout hitting a record low amid a crackdown on the city’s freedoms by China. The turnout of 30.2%, about half that of the previous poll in 2016, was seen by pro-democracy activists as a rebuke to China after it imposed a broad national security law and sweeping electoral changes to bring the city more firmly under its authoritarian grip. Almost all of the seats were taken by pro-Beijing and pro-es…

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