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Young democrats shake up Hong Kong politics
The election of pro-democracy candidates to Hong Kong's district councils this November was part of a democratic domino effect across the Chinese-ruled city, suggesting strong support for the ongoing protests that have roiled the city for more than six months.
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People cross the road outside the State Theatre Building that is slated for demolition in the North Point neighborhood in Hong Kong, China, December 11, 2019. For decades it was known as Little Shanghai, a gritty, waterfront neighbourhood that was the landing spot for many mainland Chinese emigrating to Hong Kong. Densely packed with dilapidated, high-rise apartment blocks looming above bustling neon-lit streets, North Point has long been known as one of the "reddest" -- or most pro-Beijing -- districts in Hong Kong. During anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong this year, the district was the scene of street brawls between men in white T-shirts - believed to be pro-Beijing supporters -- and black-clad protesters.

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Incoming district councillors Karrine Fu and Jason Chan invite locals to write Christmas cards to protesters...
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The Wider Image: Young democrats shake up Hong Kong politics
Incoming district councillors Karrine Fu and Jason Chan invite locals to write Christmas cards to protesters in detention outside Fortress Hill station near North Point, Hong Kong. In elections for District Councils in November, a neighborhood that has long hewed to the pro-Beijing line of Hong Kong's government unexpectedly switched sides. Pro-democracy candidates won four out of five seats in the district, up from one in the last election. In the adjacent Fortress Hill neighborhood, they added another two. "They called my fight one of the hardest fights," says Fu, 23, an arts graduate who won a seat in North Point as an independent after defeating Hung Lin-cham, a pro-Beijing secondary school teacher who had held the seat for 12 years. "For my district they called it a miracle."

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Men play cards at a fish market in North Point, Hong Kong. Fu's narrow victory in the district council...
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Men play cards at a fish market in North Point, Hong Kong. Fu's narrow victory in the district council elections -- she defeated her opponent by just 59 votes out of 4,869 -- was part of a democratic domino effect across Hong Kong, suggesting strong support for the ongoing protests that have roiled the Chinese-ruled city for more than six months. Pro-democratic candidates secured almost 90% of the seats.

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A woman has her hair done at the Great Chinese Barbershop, which has not changed in more than half a...
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The Wider Image: Young democrats shake up Hong Kong politics
A woman has her hair done at the Great Chinese Barbershop, which has not changed in more than half a century according to one of its co-owners, in North Point, Hong Kong. The reverberations of the election were keenly felt in North Point, where many inhabitants -- like Fu's grandparents -- hail from the southern Chinese province of Fujian, up the coast from Hong Kong. The signs of that older generation are visible across North Point -- the vintage Sunbeam Cantonese opera theatre still thrives in the district, and at the Shanghai Great Chinese Barber Shop, the barbers trimming the ever-thinning hair of elderly customers say little has changed in five decades.

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December 23, 2019
Karrine Fu, pictured in a cafe in North Point, said she was able to connect in Fujianese - her ancestral...
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Karrine Fu, pictured in a cafe in North Point, said she was able to connect in Fujianese - her ancestral dialect -- with older voters in the district, many of whom have close ties to the mainland and tend to vote for pro-government candidates. "I think some old Fujianese secretly supported me," Fu said with a laugh. "When I was walking through the street recently I saw residents going up to my opponent and saying they were sad he lost. But when they walked past me they put their thumbs up."

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Lit-up buildings stand within the North Point and Fortress Hill district in Hong Kong. In North Point...
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Lit-up buildings stand within the North Point and Fortress Hill district in Hong Kong. In North Point and Fortress Hill, six of seven pro-democracy candidates - five of them in their 20s - won seats on the District Councils. Four years ago, there was only one. The newly elected councillors have formed a liberal alliance to capitalize on their gains and give political heft to the calls on the streets for democratic reforms in Hong Kong.

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Newly elected district councillors Lee Yue-Shun, Tat Cheng, Karrine Fu, Jason Chan, James Pui and Jocelyn...
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Newly elected district councillors Lee Yue-Shun, Tat Cheng, Karrine Fu, Jason Chan, James Pui and Jocelyn Chau (L-R) pose for a photo at the waterfront in front of the Eastern District Council building in Hong Kong. Earlier this month, they met in the North Point office of Cheng Tat-hung, 31, who was elected to a council seat for the Civic Party, to discuss their extraordinary win. Cheng's cat, "Churchill", was curled up on a couch, surrounded by shelves crammed with books and papers. Until now, pro-democracy candidates had never held more than a toehold in the district, but the protest movement has made "many people in North Point awake", said Cheng, who is studying to become a barrister. Largely strangers months ago, the new councillors now meet regularly to discuss how they are going to shake up Hong Kong politics.

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A man pushes a cart in the North Point neighborhood in Hong Kong. Once officially installed on Jan. 1,...
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A man pushes a cart in the North Point neighborhood in Hong Kong. Once officially installed on Jan. 1, they plan to hold community "democracy forums", lobby for rent ceilings in government apartments, and question police about alleged brutality in dealing with protesters and their response to dealing with the attacks by pro-Beijing supporters. "We had a landslide win for pro-democracy candidates," said James Pui, a psychology graduate who was elected as an independent candidate. "Now we can coordinate to make changes for the whole of Hong Kong." The police have defended their actions as being necessary to break up protests that have often become violent.

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December 23, 2019
Newly elected district councillors Lee Yue-Shun (R) talks with a local who built a temple without permission...
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Newly elected district councillors Lee Yue-Shun (R) talks with a local who built a temple without permission from the local council in North Point, Hong Kong. The significant political shift has also raised questions about whether the democratic gains will be replicated in legislative elections next year. While the District Council seats are all directly elected, roughly half of all Legislative Council members are indirectly elected through largely pro-China industry and professional groups. "What we want is hope. Everyone knows Hong Kong's political institutions are very unfair, it is just a semi-democracy," said Lee, 26. "We firmly believe this is not the end."

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People sit in a tram outside of Fortress Hill station near North Point, Hong Kong. The elections for...
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People sit in a tram outside of Fortress Hill station near North Point, Hong Kong. The elections for the District Councils, which oversee issues like the installation of bus stop shelters or garbage collection, were once viewed as perfunctory and few people bothered to vote. But this year, as protests raged across Hong Kong, the elections drew a record number of voters. Sparked by a controversial and now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed defendants to be sent from Hong Kong to mainland China, the protest movement has since June spiralled into a battle for wider democratic freedoms, highlighting deep-seated anxiety and anger about China.

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December 23, 2019
A man crosses a road in North Point, Hong Kong. Political change has not come easily. Jocelyn Chau, a...
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A man crosses a road in North Point, Hong Kong. Political change has not come easily. Jocelyn Chau, a 23-year-old who won in a constituency bordering North Point, and was arrested during one protest, said she has been repeatedly harassed and attacked. Posters of Chau's face were plastered around a subway station and a market accusing her of using her looks for political gain, alongside insults such as "super rioter" and "s--t for brains". She said she had received threatening anonymous phone calls and was punched in the face after giving out a passer-by a campaign leaflet. She posted on social media a video of the attack, which Reuters was unable to independently confirm.

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A man fishes at the pier in North Point, Hong Kong. Opposition to the new order is also evident when...
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A man fishes at the pier in North Point, Hong Kong. Opposition to the new order is also evident when taking to residents of the district. Reflecting on the polls after a dim sum breakfast, Frank Chan, an 82-year-old North Point retiree who described himself as pro-government, said the result was "jaw-dropping". "I don't know if these young people have been poisoned or what they have been taught," said Chan, as he stood on a pier watching boats pass in the harbor. Just down the road, fishmongers hawked their wares along the harborfront. "I don't understand the new mindset, these young people are so different from us."

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On a Saturday afternoon this month, the new North Point and Fortress Hill councillors, including Tat...
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On a Saturday afternoon this month, the new North Point and Fortress Hill councillors, including Tat Cheng (3rd L) and Lee Yue-Shun (2nd R), set up street-side tables to hand out calendars and chocolate breakfast cereal, and invite the public to pen Christmas cards for protesters who have been injured or detained. But while some younger North Point residents stopped to sign cards, not everyone was receptive to the efforts of the newly elected councillors. Discussions with some of the more conservative residents, said Fu, were reminiscent of recent battles in her own family.

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A monk shops in the Chun Yeung Street wet market in the North Point neighborhood. "At first my father...
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A monk shops in the Chun Yeung Street wet market in the North Point neighborhood. "At first my father called the protesters cockroaches but after the election he finally understood that what we are fighting for is democracy," Fu said, while taking a short break from the booth. "And he can accept that we came to Hong Kong for democracy. Otherwise we can just go back to mainland China."

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December 23, 2019
Local sign-maker Au Yueng Cheong, 63, poses for a picture in his stall underneath the State Theatre Building...
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Local sign-maker Au Yueng Cheong, 63, poses for a picture in his stall underneath the State Theatre Building that is slated for demolition in the North Point neighborhood in Hong Kong. Au is one of the few remaining tenants under the State Theatre Building. "It's not possible to go back to what it was," he says of the building's heydays, "They [the developers] have bought it all." he says. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Tailors Tsang Siu Man, 78, and his brother Tsang Sik Lang, 63, work in their store underneath the State...
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Tailors Tsang Siu Man, 78, and his brother Tsang Sik Lang, 63, work in their store underneath the State Theatre Building that is slated for demolition in the North Point neighborhood in Hong Kong. Born and raised in North Point, the Tsang brothers opened their store selling handmade suits in the state theatre building in 1993. "Back in the day, North Point was full of gambling dens and dance halls and at the theatre upstairs, a ticket for the movie cost 50 cents," the older Tsang said. "We barely make enough to cover the rent, even though the rent is cheap, business is slow." he said. "Over time there were more and more people from the mainland and also foreigners. Sometimes they come here to get their suits made," he said. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Retired sailor Michael Sham, 73, pours tea in his one-room apartment in the Model Housing Estate in the...
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Retired sailor Michael Sham, 73, pours tea in his one-room apartment in the Model Housing Estate in the North Point neighborhood. "Many people at my age do not support the (protest) movement, but I do because I am a Hong Konger and I like human rights and democracy, which is something the Beijing government doesn't have," Sham said, adding that he voted for the incoming pro-democracy district councillor James Pui. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Pastor David Lau poses for a photo in a church that holds services in the Minnan language that is common in Fujian, in North Point. "I can feel the tension between different groups," said Lau. "I think for some people they don't believe the government is wrong so I am challenging them to think differently." But he said he has toned down his language since July and now focuses his sermons on asking his community to "love people that you may not like." REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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December 23, 2019
Men play snooker in the State Theatre Building that used to be a cinema and is slated for demolition...
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Men play snooker in the State Theatre Building that used to be a cinema and is slated for demolition in North Point. One Mexican national and regular patron who has lived in North Point for years described it as 'old-school'. "You know the Hong Kong of the movies, that's what North Point looks like," he said. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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December 23, 2019
Fish seller Lai Ji serves a customer at his stall in a fish market in North Point. "The outside has changed...
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Fish seller Lai Ji serves a customer at his stall in a fish market in North Point. "The outside has changed but everything inside is still the same, even the position of our stalls, the same for 80 years," Ji said. Asked about the protests he said: "We built everything just so they [the protesters] could destroy it all. Here in Hong Kong the elderly have a place to live, food to eat and medical care. Hong Kong is very free." REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A man smokes a cigarette in an alley near the Chun Yeung Street wet market in the North Point neighborhood. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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District councillor Tat Cheng in the Tanner constituency, poses for a picture in an old elevator that is locally well-known for its reliability in North Point. "What dramatically changed the environment here comes out of the social movement, starting from June. I think this social movement makes many people in North Point awake," said Cheng. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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District councillor Tat Cheng (R) in the Tanner constituency, walks in his constituency in North Point....
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District councillor Tat Cheng (R) in the Tanner constituency, walks in his constituency in North Point. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A man walks in front of a temple he has built without permission from the local council in North Point....
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A man walks in front of a temple he has built without permission from the local council in North Point. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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