The people of Hong Kong have been voting for their local district councils over the last few days. Turnout was huge, as much as twice what it was during the last local election, which pro-Beijing candidates won. While Hong Kongers have kind of shrugged off these elections in the past, this time lines of people waiting to vote reportedly stretched for blocks. And it appears that voters have voted overwhelmingly for pro-democracy candidates. The Voice of America says: "Early voting results Monday showed pro-democracy candidates winning nearly every seat they contested in Hong Kong's 18 district councils. Pro-democracy candidates led the pro-establishment camp, 278 seats to 42. If the trend continues, it would be a major symbolic blow to pro-China forces that dominate virtually all levels of Hong Kong's politics. It is the latest evidence of continued public support for a five-month-old pro-democracy movement that has become increasingly aggressive... The vote will not significantly change the balance of power in Hong Kong's quasi-democratic political system. District council members have no power to pass legislation; they deal mainly with hyperlocal issues, such as noise complaints and bus stop locations. However, the district council vote is seen as one of the most reliable indicators of public opinion, since it is the only fully democratic election in Hong Kong." https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/hong-kong-pro-democracy-forces-headed-landslide-election-win This result is likely to have reverberations in mainland China, provided that news isn't totally censored and people learn about it. It makes it more difficult for the communists to pretend that they are the people's party, reflecting the will of the people. (Despite never having been elected to power and never allowing the people to vote on their rule.) Here's a population of Chinese who did have an opportunity to vote and their verdict appears to be clear and indisputable.