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Hong Kong's Legislative Council election on Dec. 19 is the first since a Beijing-approved overhaul effectively barred anyone deemed "unpatriotic" from running.   © Reuters
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Reshaped in China's image, Hong Kong set for 'patriots only' polls

Election highlights divide among democrats reeling from impact of security law

PAK YIU, Nikkei staff writer | Hong Kong

HONG KONG -- Adrian Lau has spent every day of the past four weeks handing out flyers encouraging people to vote in Hong Kong's Legislative Council election this Sunday. Few passersby take the independent candidate's pamphlets, or even acknowledge his presence.

"It's a lot quieter [than past elections], but it is still hard work," Lau said. "The youth don't engage, although occasionally I'll be told to 'add oil' by the older generation," he added, referring to a common Hong Kong phrase of encouragement.

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