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Hong Kong Holds Poll on Reforms

People vote at a polling center for an unofficial referendum on democratic reform in Hong Kong Sunday, June 22, 2014.
People vote at a polling center for an unofficial referendum on democratic reform in Hong Kong Sunday, June 22, 2014.
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Polling stations across Hong Kong opened Sunday in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform in the former British colony, a move that has angered Beijing.

Nearly 600,000 votes have been cast in three days of online and telephone voting that began on Friday. Chinese Communist Party authorities have declared the referendum illegal and without effect, as has the government of Hong Kong.

The Occupy Central movement, which organized the balloting, opened actual voting stations on Sunday, after a massive cyber attack on their voting website last week.  The voting period was also extended until June 29.

The referendum proposes three options for citizens to choose who can run for the chief executive office of Hong Kong.  Currently, candidates are chosen by a pro-Beijing committee.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 22, 2014 7:23 PM
Hongkong is part of China, thus the CEO candidates must be nominated by the general congress of China! And the final elected CEO must be authorized by the congress!
It's the basic law of HK!
Online voting is a joke. Should America vote their president on line too?
HK has 7 million ppl, even 600k voted online, the number is less than 10% of the population, let alone how many are repeated votes, cheated votes. Sounds to me, majority HKers are supporting the basic law! That's great!
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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 24, 2014 12:09 AM
@andrew, again, you are wrong. Canada has to be China's friend to survive. Canada needs China more than China does. The oil pipe goes through America is failed, and now they have to build the north gate oil pipe line to the west coast. What do you think this pipe line is for? Yes, to send oil to CHINA! Canada is lagging behind on renovation, Canada's economy depends fully on oil now, since America is producing more oil than it needs, Canadian oil has no where to go now. Harper is dum b but not as stupid as you are. He made the right decision, sell Nexen to China and build the north gate to sell more oil to China!
So who is naive here. I say you are!
And again, I am here for quite life, better salary. I don't give a dime to democracy. No Chinese would move to India to only enjoy the democracy, would they? And if I have to pick one between democratic India and dictatorship Saudi Arab, I wouldn't hesitate one second to pick the dictatorship but rich one. You are the one live in the fantasy world, I am on the other hand very realistic!
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by: Andrew from: Canada
June 23, 2014 3:02 PM
Canada and China are not allies and certainly not friends. Few people put stock into what Stephen Harper has to say inside or outside Canada. And I hardly believe he is given to the notion himself. Stop being so naive. If you believe the regime in Beijing is worthy of your support then good on you. I personally see no need for it given that they aren't soliciting yours or anyone's support (only your compliance or hushed noncompliance). Democracy is an all or nothing thing. You can't live in this country and enjoy what we have without believing that it applies to all groups and all situations equally without reservation. Actually... check that. You can. But you're a hypocrite living in a fantasy world if you do.
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by: jonathan huang from: canada
June 23, 2014 10:13 AM
@Andrew, you are such a narrow minded ignorant! Canada is a free country, I have my freedom to support China, havent I? China and Canada are friends, at least that what Canadian PM Harper said. so why I should not support China? Canada is a nice country, I enjoy my life here. But China is not Canada, Canadian path does not necessarily fit China's situation. I believe CCP is the best option for China! but Canada is the best option for me! do you understand? open your eyes, don't be brainwashed!
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by: Andrew from: Canada
June 22, 2014 10:36 PM
Comments like this demonstrate why we need to be careful about allowing pro-Beijing people into this country. If you have no want for democracy and all that flows from it in your country of origin (good Government, rule of law and prosperity) then why would you want and/or promote it when you come to Canada?

by: Van from: Canada
June 22, 2014 5:24 PM
As a British colony for the past 100 years, people in Hongkong have never had democracy. Why UK did't allow Hongkong to realize democracy and used dictatorship to suppress Hongkong people for the past 100 years?

Hongkong people fear to protest UK under UK governance before because UK police has guns. Shame on these Hongkong people. If they have fighted with UK for democracy from 1900-1997, they would be enjoying democracy right now without any interruptions.

Why only fight with China instead of UK? UK didn't provide Hongkang democracy at all. This makes China look feeble, weak like a coward. When Japanese invaded Hongkong during WWII, no Hongkong people have fighted with these Japanese Fascists because Hongkongese knew these Japanese Fascists would kill them if they interruptted ruling of Japan over Hongkong at that time.
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by: Kaveh from: Ca
June 22, 2014 10:35 PM
Did you two got dropped when you born? Or China must pay you well.
You two are nothing but tools. Move on

by: So So from: US
June 22, 2014 8:38 AM
I know that there are all types of scientific surveys done in the RoC often and on many issues.
But a survey is just a survey. So, I was just wondering if an unofficial referendum similar to the one that is going on in Hong Kong could be (or should be) done in Taiwan on the questions of unification or independence. And what would be the impacts of the result of such referendum.
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by: So So
June 22, 2014 10:46 PM
@JayInAustin - thanks for the answer !!
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by: JayInAustin from: Pflugerville, TX
June 22, 2014 5:23 PM
Hey, So-So, thx for telling us what you're wondering. I'll see that and raise you by wondering if (1) the moon is made of green cheese, if (2) uneducated and intellectually handicapped Americans really think they know how to think, and if (3) the dish ran away with the spoon - or vice versa. Thx for letting us know what you are "wondering." Gotta go. The kids just found some matches ....

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