Hong Kong residents said they will vote against violence in the upcoming district council election as more than four months of chaos and unrest have delivered a heavy blow to their lives and businesses.
The 2019 District Council Ordinary Election of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) is scheduled to be held on Nov. 24, and over 600 ordinary polling stations and 23 dedicated polling stations will be open on the polling day for over 4.13 million voters registered to cast their ballots.
The interviewed Hong Kong residents asked Xinhua to only use their last names.
"I will certainly cast my vote wisely, instead of choosing blindly. It will be based on whether the candidates share consistent views with me," Ms. Au said.
Whatever the political position, "it is wrong to destroy public properties, set fire, or block roads," she said. "That is my standpoint."
"No matter what faction you are in, sabotage is illicit," Au said. "It is as simple as that."
"We will give our votes to those who have done nothing bad, but something practical," Mr. Poon said.
"I will go to the poll and hold my principle," Mr. Lam said. "Therefore, I will not change my views or vote because of the recent chaos."
When asked about what issues they hope district councillors could help to solve, Ms. Cheng said it was about people's livelihood.
Resource allocation is the biggest problem facing Hong Kong, Lam said. "The gap between the rich and the poor is huge."
Education is another focus of Chiang. "College students are masters of the future, if even college students behave like this (sabotage), I'm worried about our future development," Chiang said.
She said she felt "disappointed" that bystanders were assaulted by rioters for just criticizing them.
"You (Rioters) say there is freedom of speech in Hong Kong, but then beat your critics. So do we have the freedom or not?" she asked.
Mr. Lai said he was "very disappointed with the education system," because there are not enough history classes, but the general education classes, and "they are very distorted."
Au said: "Young people often say they do not see their future, but future is earned by hard-working."
Some Hong Kong residents said they were worried that masked rioters would show up near the polling stations, even threaten or beat them, which would stop them from voting.
Ms. Chan urged the HKSAR government to take up its responsibility to safeguard a fair election and guarantee the safety of the public.
Another Ms. Chan said she hopes the social unrest will end soon, adding that many people have lost their jobs because of the chaos.
"Our shop has no business," she said. "Many businesses have closed down."
"I will vote for those who love our country and love Hong Kong, and work for the interest of Hong Kong," Lai said. "This is the most important."
"Hong Kong has fallen to the bottom, and I hope it will pick up," he said. "We should work hard and not give up."