“The (local) election results told us people wanted change,” Richard Chan said.
Some councilors say they must reach across the ideological divide that now permeates Hong Kong.
Cary Lo Chun-yu became a hero to the protest movement in the local elections when he toppled one of the most controversial pro-Beijing figures, outspoken politician Junius Ho.
Ho was stabbed on the campaign trail by a man who pretended to be a fan, and his face is routinely plastered on the ground for people to walk on.
But Lo said bridges needed to be built, noting Ho received 100 more votes than the last election and only lost because of the high turnout of pro-democracy supporters.
“We can’t neglect that there are different people supporting Ho,” he said.
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by Vanesse Chan and Su Xinqi