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Hong Kong’s youth and crazy facts

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about Hong Kong’s youngest legislator. There’s “Tales from the Weird”, some great music, and of course, the quiz. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


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This week’s quiz: On 10 September, I asked you a question about Hong Kong’s legislative polls - on 4 September the country’s citizens had just voted for their law makers. Six seats went to young pro-democracy activists who came to public attention during the 2014 Umbrella Protests.

Do you remember the Umbrella Protests? The protesters were demanding greater democracy for the territory, saying that Beijing was increasingly interfering in the politics of the former British colony and breaking the "one country, two systems" agreement. Beijing denied that.

My question to you was: out of these six young people voted into the legislature, which was the youngest? I gave you a hint: the young man who helped lead the Umbrella Protests.

The answer is: Nathan Law Kwung-Chun, 23. He assumed office on 1 October.

Law is the leader of the Demosisto party. He had the second highest number of votes in the multi-seat Hong Kong Island constituency.

Since then, two of the young activists have been barred from the legislature. On 15 November, both Hong Kong's High Court and Beijing ruled that Yau Wai-ching, 25, and Baggio Leung, 30, had insulted China when taking their oath of office, by using derogatory terms for "China".

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club members Arne Timm from Harjumaa, Estonia and Riaz Hussain from Chiniot, Pakistan. From M'sila, Algeria, Rachid Dahmani; Sanusi Isah Dankaba from Keffi, Nigeria, and Arnold K. Jefwa from Nairobi, Kenya.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 26 December to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 31 December program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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