Pro-democracy candidate Jimmy Sham (right) celebrates with a supporter in the early hours of November 25 after winning his district council seat. Photo: AP

Why democracy matters in Hong Kong: eight lessons from the district council elections

  • Sheer turnout and results show that Hongkongers won’t accept handouts in exchange for an erosion of rights, and reject patronising governance enabled by the pro-establishment camp’s rubber stamp
  • Protesters should also see that voting is more effective than vandalism
Topic |   Hong Kong district council elections

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Pro-democracy candidate Jimmy Sham (right) celebrates with a supporter in the early hours of November 25 after winning his district council seat. Photo: AP
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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a campaign rally in Taipei, on November 17. Tsai, from the pro-independence DPP, is seeking re-election on January 11. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Jo Kim

How Hong Kong’s protest crisis may have already sealed Tsai Ing-wen’s victory in Taiwan’s presidential election

  • Hong Kong’s protests are seen as proof that ‘one country, two systems’ does not work, and Beijing’s authoritarian handling of the chaos is burnishing Tsai’s image as the defender of Taiwan’s democracy and independence

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a campaign rally in Taipei, on November 17. Tsai, from the pro-independence DPP, is seeking re-election on January 11. Photo: EPA-EFE
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