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Fears of Hongkongers casting blank protest votes speaks to the paranoia of authoritarian governments

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Why are Beijing’s most avid supporters in Hong Kong so terrified over the prospect of people casting blank votes? This is despite the fact that they have solemnly assured us that the sweeping changes to the election system have majority support and that people have been clamouring for a national security law to put an end to instability.

‘Hong Kong has been put on the right track’, they triumphantly proclaim. Adding that now this has been achieved the SAR can look forward to a far brighter future.

A protest vote in the 2016 chief executive election. Photo: HKFP.

If they really believed their own words why on earth would they be in the least bit worried if citizens opted for the most of silent protests by refusing to endorse any of the candidates on the ballot paper, all of whom need to be carefully vetted and can only be there following nomination by an election committee which Beijing controls.

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