Localist groups to unite for Legco poll

Top News | Samuel Lai and Amy Nip 1 Mar 2016

Inspired by the success of Hong Kong Indigenous' Edward Leung Tin- kei, three other localist groups announced the formation of a united front for the upcoming Legco election.

Leung has spoken about localists serving as a rising third power.

"Localism takes hold in the local political agenda. It is no longer a mere split between the pan- democratic and pro-establishment camps. Three powers now stand in Hong Kong politics," he said.

Leung attributes his success to the Mong Kok riot.

"The Battle of Mong Kok has an impact on the election. We had been criticized as being brave only in speaking out but not really acting against the regime. The Mong Kok incident shows that we practice what we preach."

The election has endorsed the localism movement, proving so- called "rioters" have the support of more than 66,000 people, he said.

Hong Kong Resurgence Order, Civic Passion and Proletariat Political Institute said they would form a common front to nominate candidates to the Legco election in all five geographical constituencies in September.

Horace Chin Wan-kan, dubbed "the father of localism" in Hong Kong, said he aims to stand in Leung's New Territories East constituency.

Chinese University professor Ma Ngok said Leung's popularity may encourage more new groups to stand in the election.

But this also could heighten competition within the radical camp and affect their chance of winning, Ivan Choy Chi-keung, a CU senior lecturer, said.

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