Hongkongers rally to vote in pro-democracy primaries in defiance Jul 13, 2020 0 450 12345 AFPHong KongMore than half a million Hong Kong people voted in primaries held by pro-democracy parties to choose candidates for upcoming legislative elections, organisers said on Sunday.The high turnout for the unofficial poll came despite a government warning that it could be in breach of a tough new security law imposed on the city by Beijing. Tens of thousands queued in the intense summer heat at more than 250 polling stations across the city for the two-day vote which opened hours after police raided an opinion pollster helping to conduct the primaries.After polls closed at 9:00 pm on Sunday, organisers said more than 580,000 people had cast their ballots in the digital voting system.“Under the cloud of the national security law, nearly 600,000 people came out and voted -- this is where we can see the courage of Hong Kong people,” former legislator and organiser Au Nok-hin said.The winning candidates are expected to be announced on Monday evening after all the votes are tallied and be endorsed to run for seats in the city’s 70-member legislature in September.On Thursday, constitutional and mainland affairs minister Erick Tsang warned that those “organising, planning and participating” in the primary might commit offences of succession, subversion and colluding with foreign forces under the new security law, according to interviews given to a select few pro-Beijing newspapers.Despite the warning, hundreds of thousands flocked to cast their ballots.“I really love Hong Kong,” Au said. “Hong Kong people have again created a miracle and again told the world that our pro-democratic camp can attract so many to vote.”Beijing imposed the security law on Hong Kong last week targeting acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign collusion with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, in response to huge and often violent democracy protests that erupted last year.Similar national security laws are used to crush dissent on the mainland and police in Hong Kong have already arrested people voicing certain political views now deemed illegal, such as advocating independence or greater autonomy. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Aishwarya, daughter Aaradhya test positive for coronavirus Jul 13, 2020 0 372 Indonesia military academy hit by virus outbreak Jul 13, 2020 0 23 Australia cannot guarantee residency for Hong Kongers, says minister Jul 13, 2020 0 31 Quake rattles Chinese city hit by massive 1976 disaster AFP Beijing A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck the northern Chinese city of Tangshan on Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), reviving memories of a devastating 1976 quake there that was the .. Thailand plans to test trial COVID-19 vaccine on humans by October Bangkok Thai researchers said on Sunday they would begin testing a new coronavirus vaccine on humans from October following successful trials on animals. A pharmaceutical company will begin producing doses of the .. Sri Lanka cancels election rallies over new virus wave AFP Colombo Sri Lanka’s ruling party Sunday called off its rallies ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections and delayed the international airport’s reopening over a surge in virus cases. The South Asian country of 21 .. Amitabh Bachchan stable, his home Jalsa containment zone New Delhi Bollywood superstar actor Amitabh Bachchan is stable with mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus, the hospital where he is admitted in Mumbai said on Sunday. The 77-year-old and his son Abhishek Bachchan were .. Afghan govt calls for Taliban to return to peace process DPA Kabul An Afghan government spokesperson on Sunday called for the Taliban to reject violence and return to the stalled intra-Afghan peace process in the wake of weeks of bloodshed across the country. “The time has come .. Indonesian police foil attempt to smuggle 36 endangered turtles Jakarta: Indonesian authorities have detained seven people for allegedly attempting to smuggle 36 endangered green sea turtles, police said Sunday. The police in Bali nabbed the smugglers in the waters off Serangan, a ..