Hong Kong police arrest 289 at protests over poll delay | India News

HONG KONG: About 290 people were arrested on Sunday at protests against the government’s decision to postpone elections for Hong Kong’s legislature, police said.
The elections were to have taken place on Sunday but chief executive Carrie Lam on July 31 postponed them for one year. Lam blamed an upsurge in coronavirus cases, but critics said her government worried the opposition would gain seats if voting went ahead on schedule.
Police said 289 people had been arrested, mostly for unlawful assembly. Thousands of police were stationed around the Kowloon peninsula as hundreds of marchers waved placards and chanted anti-government slogans such as “liberate Hong Kong”.
Police said such slogans are illegal under a newly enacted national security law. Cops fired pepper balls at protesters in Kowloon, South China Morning Post reported.

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