HK delays election over virus as China crackdown deepens

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam says elections planned for September will be, a move that will infuriate democracy supporters. – AFP pic, August 1, 2020.

HONG Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a huge blow yesterday as authorities postponed local elections for a year because of the coronavirus, capping a devastating month of political disqualifications, arrests for social media posts and activists fleeing overseas.

Chinese state media reported late yesterday that Hong Kong police have ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists living in exile on suspicion of violating a new national security law.

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