Hong Kong elections: anti- Beijing activists gain foothold in power

Two years after tens of thousands of young people poured onto the streets of Hong Kong to issue an unprecedented call for political change , a new generation of pro-democracy activists has gained a foothold in power in the former British colony.

At least four radical young activists who support greater political autonomy or outright independence from China claimed seats in Hong Kong’s 70- member Legislative Council, or Legco, after a record 2.2 million people went to the polls on Sunday.

Those elected include Nathan Law, a 23-year-old from the recently founded Demosisto party who was one of the leaders of the 2014 so-called umbrella movement protests.

“I think it is a miracle,” the former student leader, whose party has called for a referendum on independence, told reporters after his victory.

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