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    First Hong Kong District Vote Since Pro-Democracy Rallies Sees High Turnout

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    The first district council elections in Hong Kong since last year’s pro-democracy movement are seeing a high turnout, local media reported Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The Occupy Central civil disobedience campaign started in September 2014, after Beijing decided to appoint candidates running in for chief executive Hong Kong's 2017 election. The move means that the Hong Kong residents would be able to vote only for the candidates vetted by China's national legislature.

    According to the Hong Kong Free Press newspaper, more than 955,000 citizens, or 30.6 percent of all eligible voters, have come to polls halfway through the polling hours. This value supersedes turnouts of 2011 and 2007 elections for the same period of time.

    The results will be posted on Monday morning.

    Since last September until the end of 2014, the protesters have been taking to the streets and staging sit-ins, demanding Beijing to allow a fully free democratic election. The police arrested large numbers of activists, with numerous clashes taking place between activists and law enforcers.

    China gained sovereignty over Hong Kong 1997. The administrative region was granted legal, economic and political autonomy from Beijing under the "one country, two systems" principle.

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