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nonetheless, international observers should not prematurely celebrate the election results as an end to the #hongkongprotests - they simply show how hongkongers are determined to take every opportunity to make our voices heard within a system that is rigged against us
while celebrating the historic results, hongkongers have immediately reminded one another that this is not a victory. the city still looks like a police state; the situation in #polyu has been declared to be a humanitarian crisis. 4000+ have been arrested; countless injured.
hongkongers are celebrating because we have taken our struggle from the streets, to the hills, to the districts, to the ballot boxes – from 'adding oil', to 'resisting', to 'taking revenge', to 'voting', these are all threads in an arduous fight for democracy & self-determination
the election results are perhaps the most internationally legible example of hkers' faith & trust in democracy as the way forward, but we have been manifesting democratic principles of equality, human rights, fairness in our protests throughout the last 5 months & long before
hongkongers will not forget that just last week, the police besieged #polyu (which remains ongoing); just two weeks ago, the police besieged CUHK; just three weeks ago, alex chow tsz-lok died while fleeing a police raid & a 21-year old was shot at point blank range
headlines will soon appear lauding the election results as a turning point for the #HongKongProtests

op-eds will soon be published about how the results demonstrate the efficacy of 'peaceful means'

but this will all be meaningless w/o acknowledging ongoing state violence
this is all to say, there are still people in #polyu, >4000 people have been arrested (approximately 1/3 are under 18), CUHK was besieged two weeks ago, alex chow died 3 weeks ago, police use live rounds against teenagers, have attacked reporters, besieged Prince Edward on 8.31
this is precisely the time when the international community is likely to turn away because everything seems hunky-dory––which is also the most vulnerable time for hong kong in the face of escalating state and police violence.

celebrate with us; but don't look away after.
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