Hong Kong votes in election seen as referendum on protests

KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Long lines formed outside Hong Kong polling stations Sunday in elections that have become a barometer of public support for anti-government protests now in their sixth month. The voting for 452 seats in the city's 18 district councils has taken on symbolic importance in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. A strong showing by the opposition would show that the public still supports the pro-democracy movement, even as the protests have become increasingly violent. The ruling camp in Hong Kong and the national government in Beijing hope that the unrest and disruption to daily life will turn voters against the movement. Democracy activist Joshua Wong, who was barred from running in the election, voted soon after polls opened at 7:30 a.
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