Edward Leung, a candidate from the Hong Kong Indigenous, attends a campaign during a Legislative Council by-election in Hong Kong, China February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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A Hong Kong activist who seeks independence from China and has been charged over recent street battles with police stood for office Sunday in a by-election that highlights the city's political fault lines.Edward Leung, 24, one of the leaders of "localist" group Hong Kong Indigenous, is vying to become a legislator after a prominent pro-democracy politician stepped down. Since massive rallies in 2014 calling for fully free leadership elections failed to win concessions from Beijing, young protesters like Leung have become increasingly disillusioned with more established pro-democracy parties.Observers say either Alvin Yeung of the established pro-democracy Civic Party or Holden Chow of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) are most likely to win.
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