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Polls open in first Hong Kong election after pro-democracy crackdown

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The first parliamentary election since the crackdown on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement opened on Sunday. Observers expect a relatively low turnout, since after Beijing’s crackdown, many Hong Kong residents have given up hope of democratic changes. Polling stations are to remain open until 10:30 pm (1430 GMT). Beijing has stated that it wants only what it calls “patriots” to govern in Hong Kong, namely politicians who support the central Chinese Communist government. The National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s ceremonial rubber-stamp legislature, has given a pro-Beijing committee power to…

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