Hong Kong Faces Another Barrier in Fight for Democracy

Pro-democracy protesters shout slogans after lawmakers voted against the election reform proposals, Hong Kong, June 18, 2015 (AP photo by Vincent Yu).
Pro-democracy protesters shout slogans after lawmakers voted against the election reform proposals, Hong Kong, June 18, 2015 (AP photo by Vincent Yu).
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Earlier this month, Hong Kong’s legislature vetoed an election-reform package that was backed by mainland China but strongly criticized by pro-democracy lawmakers and activists. In an email interview, Michael C. Davis, professor at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discussed Hong Kong’s democracy movement. WPR: What do democratic advocates in Hong Kong fear from China’s proposed electoral plan? Michael C. Davis: China’s democratic reform proposal essentially provides for a vetted election for Hong Kong’s chief executive. Under the Aug. 31, 2014, Beijing decision and the Hong Kong legislative bill to carry it out, a heavily pro-Beijing 1,200-member nominating […]

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