Chinese Paper Mocks Hong Kong Poll on Elections

Chester Yung, Paul Mozur | 23 June 2014 | Wall Street Journal

A newspaper backed by the Chinese Communist Party on Monday ridiculed an unofficial Hong Kong referendum on allowing more democracy that has drawn more than 700,000 votes in four days.

The mock referendum, which has no legal standing, centers on whether residents should be able to directly nominate candidates other than those approved by Beijing in 2017 elections. The Global Times, a tabloid run by the party’s official People’s Daily newspaper, published an editorial criticizing the referendum, saying it would be “ridiculous” to let the “illegal” poll decide Hong Kong’s fate.

 

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