Anti-government protesters celebrated a major victory as polls closed in Hong Kong and pro-democracy candidates clinched almost half of the seats on the ballot.

Pro-democracy candidates have won 269 out of 452 seats in 18 district council races. Pro-Beijing candidates previously held 73 percent of the seats, but have only won 30 so far.

Voter turn-out hit 71 percent, which is an increase from 47 percent four years ago during the same elections. This data is according to the Electoral Affairs Commission.

Asia analyst and foreign affairs journalist Gordon Chang told Fox News, “This is political annihilation for Beijing and it’s going to have consequences that are going to reverberate not just in Hong Kong itself, but perhaps in China as well.”

Residents in Hong Kong open champagne and celebrate for Junius Ho’ loss.

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