Political Unrest
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Pro-democracy candidates win big in Hong Kong

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/25/19, 11:57 am

Hong Kong residents chanted, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution now,” as results from local elections came in on Sunday. Pro-democracy opposition candidates won a landslide victory, gaining control of 17 of 18 district councils and winning nearly 90 percent of the 452 seats. An unprecedented 71 percent of 4.1 million voters in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory participated, compared to 47 percent in the last local election.

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Iraqi protests intensify

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/22/19, 10:58 am

Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and guns on Friday for the second day when protesters tried to break past a security barricade in Baghdad. On Thursday, another 10 protesters died and more than 100 others sustained injuries.

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Hong Kong prepares for election

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/22/19, 10:29 am

Authorities in Hong Kong reimposed a mask ban on Friday and prepared to deploy police officers to polling stations for this weekend’s district council elections. The territory’s High Court, which struck down the ban as unconstitutional this week, allowed the temporary restrictions due to “the highly exceptional circumstances that Hong Kong is currently facing.” Voters will select officers for the 452 seats in the semi-autonomous territory’s 18 district councils.

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