After months of protests demanding a voice in their governance, Hong Kong residents turned out in record numbers to deliver an overwhelming victory to pro-democracy candidates in Sunday's district council elections. It was progress, one campaigner said, "towards a situation where we can fight back." Pro-Beijing parties won around 10 percent of 452 contested seats and saw 17 of 18 districts swing to the pro-democracy movement. Streets remained calm during voting, as activists urged.
What does this mean? It could be bad news for Carrie Lam, the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's embattled chief executive, who said she'd "seriously reflect on the people's opinion."