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

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. If they really believed their own words why on earth would they be in the least bit worried if ci…

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