Hong Kong elections postponed

Saturday, 01 Aug, 2020

And the clearest example, they say, is Thursday's disqualification from the Lego election of 12 opposition candidates, including activist Joshua Wong and Civic Party's Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka Ki and Alvin Yeung, many of whom oppose the security law.

Beijing has said the law will restore stability after last year's huge and often violent pro-democracy protests. Critics called the move a political purge.

"Beyond any doubt, this is the most scandalous election ever in Hong Kong history", Mr Wong said at a news conference Friday.

The opposition had aimed to ride a wave of resentment over the national security law to win a majority in the Legislative Council, where half the seats are directly elected with the other half filled mostly by pro-Beijing appointees. Lam said the government has the support of the Chinese government in making the decision to hold the elections on September 5, 2021.

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Around half of Hong Kong's almost 3,300 COVID-19 cases have been detected in the past month alone and authorities fear hospitals are on the verge of being overwhelmed.

"This postponement is entirely made based on public safety reasons, there were no political considerations", she insisted.

Hundreds of thousands also turned out in June to participate in unofficial primaries as the pro-democracy camp sought to field candidates to stand.

The police's new national security department announced that it had arrested the four young people, including former convenor of Studentlocalism Tony Chung, for ideas expressed on social media.

Chung Kim- wah, assistant teacher of social policy at Hong Kong's Polytechnic University, stated the post ponement might spell completion of LegCo as a significant political body.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced at a news conference on Friday the postponement of the polls originally scheduled for September 6.

Critics noted that other cities and countries experiencing much more severe coronavirus outbreaks than Hong Kong have been able to hold elections this year.

As the epidemic is still developing in the HKSAR, the lives of Hong Kong residents and the public health were in great danger, the statement noted.

Currently, Uber, which sold its Chinese mainland business to local rival Didi Chuxing in 2016, operates across the Asian-Pacific region in Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

The law bypassed Hong Kong's legislature and its details were kept secret until the moment it was enacted.

One provision bans "inciting hatred" toward the government.

It is believed the surge in demand comes off the back of unrest in Hong Kong, a British colony until 1997.