Hong Kong police arrest 90 at protests over election delay

Hong Kong, September 6

At least 90 folks have been arrested Sunday at protests towards the federal government’s determination to postpone elections for Hong Kong’s legislature, police and a information report stated.

The elections have been to have taken place Sunday however Chief Executive Carrie Lam on July 31 postponed them for one 12 months. Lam blamed an upsurge in coronavirus instances, however critics stated her authorities nervous the opposition would achieve seats if voting went forward on schedule.

Anti-government protests have been held in Hong Kong nearly each weekend since June 2019.

They erupted over a proposed extradition legislation and unfold to incorporate calls for for higher democracy and criticism of Beijing’s efforts to tighten management over the previous British colony.

On Sunday, one lady was arrested within the Kowloon district of Yau Ma Tei on fees of assault and spreading pro-independence slogans, the police division stated on its Facebook web page.

It stated such slogans are unlawful below the newly enacted National Security Act.

The ruling Communist Party’s determination to impose the legislation in May prompted complaints it was violating the autonomy promised to the territory when it was returned to China in 1997.

Washington withdrew buying and selling privileges granted to Hong Kong and different governments suspended extradition and different agreements on the grounds that the territory of seven million folks is not autonomous.

Also Sunday, police fired pepper balls at protesters in Kowloon’s Mong Kok neighborhood, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported.

At least 90 folks have been arrested, most of them on suspicion of unlawful meeting, the police division stated on a separate social media account.

In the Jordan neighborhood, protesters raised a banner criticizing the election delay, the Post stated.

“I want my right to vote!” activist Leung Kwok-hung, popularly referred to as Long Hair, was quoted as saying. The newspaper stated Leung was later arrested. — AP

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