Landslide Victory in Hong Kong

The people of Hong Kong went to the polls this weekend in what was considered a de facto referendum on six months of violent unrest in the city.

The results were abundantly clear,  pro-democracy candidates won the District Council elections in a landslide, unseating several high-profile pro-government leaders and taking nearly 90% of the seats up for grabs.  A record-breaking 71% of the city’s population voted.

Experts say the historic outcome is a sign that the people of Hong Kong are committed to democracy and political reform, and citizens are hoping the results will point a way forward from the city’s current state of unrest.