Large pro-democracy forces have been marching in Hong Kong since June. The protests began over a proposed extradition bill that would have allowed those accused of crimes to be extradited to mainland China.

The people of Hong Kong don’t trust the Chinese government to carry out a fair process, and China would likely abuse the law to punish political opponents.

The legislation was reminiscent to the way the British treated the American Colonists in the run-up to the American Revolution. Those accused of crimes by the British Crown were taken from the colonies and sent to Britain for a trial not by a jury of their peers but by a court of British officials. The colonists were left with no legal recourse, and revolution followed.

The people of Hong Kong were not going to allow the Chinese-backed Hong Kong government to do the same to them.

The protests have grown into a larger movement advocating for democracy and highlighting the evils of the Chinese Communist Party.

It was just reported that an estimated 3 million Chinese minorities and political prisoners are being held in modern-day concentration camps.

The Chinese government has become a tyrannical government similar to the repressive government in George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reported that Beijing is now even using artificial intelligence to select “entire categories of Xinjiang residents for detention.”

The manual gives instructions on “everything from deciding when to let detainees use the toilet to how to keep the camps’ existence totally secret.”

The ICIJ reported stated that “The China Cables reveal how the system is able to amass vast amounts of intimate personal data through warrantless manual searches, facial recognition cameras, and other means to identify candidates for detention, flagging for investigation hundreds of thousands merely for using certain popular mobile phone apps.

The documents detail explicit directives to arrest Uighurs with foreign citizenship and to track Xinjiang Uighurs living abroad, some of whom have been deported back to China by authoritarian governments. Among those implicated as taking part in the global dragnet: China’s embassies and consulates.”

That is the repressive regime that the brave demonstrators in Hong Kong are speaking out against.

Now, they have let their voices be heard at the ballot box.

The BBC reported that the pro-democracy candidates had a big night and are sending a message to the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities: “We are here to stay.”

The BBC reported that According to local media counts, 17 of the 18 councils are now controlled by pro-democracy councilors.

Despite fears the vote could be disrupted or canceled over the unrest, it went ahead peacefully.

The election was seen as a test of support for the government after months of unrest, protests, and clashes.

The government and Beijing had been hoping the election would bring a show of support from the so-called “silent majority”, but that did not materialize. Instead, some significant pro-Beijing candidates lost council seats.”

It was a good night for Democracy in Hong Kong. However, there is always the threat of retaliation from the Chinese. They have shown that they aren’t afraid of using violence.

Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that.