Sep 6, 2020 - World

Hong Kong police arrest nearly 300 protesters as elections postponed

Police patrol the area after protesters called for a rally in Hong Kong
Police patrol the area after protesters called for a rally in Hong Kong, Sept. 6. Photo: Dale De La Rey/AFP/Getty Images

Police in Hong Kong arrested 289 demonstrators who gathered to protest the government's decision to postpone elections for Hong Kong's legislature, AP reports.

Why it matters: Elections were supposed to take place on Sunday, but Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam pushed them back one year, citing health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic. Her pro-democracy opposition has accused her of moving the elections to stop their momentum and to keep pro-Beijing candidates in power, the New York Times writes.

The state of play: Thousands of police in riot gear were seen patrolling Hong Kong. The individuals were mainly arrested on charges of unlawful assembly.

  • Worth noting: One woman was arrested for using pro-independence slogans under China's newly enacted national security law. The law defines crimes such as terrorism and sedition broadly and mandates harsh sentences — in many cases life imprisonment.
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