The 7.4 million people of Hong Kong have been driving the Democratic candidate agenda and support for months and the results of the election show that they have secured half of the 452 district council seats – a win for the protesters. Pro-democracy candidates as of midnight GMT Sunday, had 333 of the 452 seats which of course is a majority. So the six-months of anti-government protests have now had measurable impact on the political process and these marches are not finished. The 3 million people who voted were about 71% of the voting public and this turnout was double that of the last elections – people in Hong Kong are truly involved in politics.
The district council has control over transport and related issues that are part of the daily lives of citizens and this means that they could influence other areas of the economy in the democratic process. The citizens of Hong Kong demanded the “one country, two systems” formula which Beijing said is still in place – the battles started when questions of legal changes in Beijing on arrests and trials and of course location of trials. Arrests in Hong Kong do not mean extradition to Beijing according to legal experts in the former colony. This is an issue that has meaning to the people of Hong Kong, they are demanding control over their future.