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The Alternative Citizens’ Deliberative Platform – a new way forward for Hong Kong’s opposition

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By District Councillor Timothy Lee

In July, a high voter turnout in the democratic primary for legislative elections surprised everyone. There seemed to be hopes of reform from within the system, but all such hope ended when the Legislative Council election was postponed for at least a year and China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee later decided to oust four moderate pan-democratic lawmakers.

Just half a year later, all indicators show every future election in Hong Kong will be nothing more than a rigged vote where the most vocal opposition will be barred from running. It is more than obvious that pro-democracy politicians must now seek alternative extra-institutional paths in the struggle for democracy.

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