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Macao: Informal poll in China's casino mecca faces Beijing's disfavor
Macao: Informal poll in China's casino mecca faces Beijing's disfavor

Democracy activists in China’s casino hot spot of Macao have challenged the house with an informal poll to size up support for political reforms. But police have intervened, arresting organizers of the nonbinding referendum. The balloting, which took inspiration from a similar initiative this June in Hong Kong that drew nearly 800,000 votes, is asking locals to vote via the Internet on whether they have confidence in Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai-on and whether the next person to hold the post should be directly elected in 2019. Police on Sunday raided polling stations equipped with computer tablets at the start of the weeklong vote, closing all five booths within two hours,...

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