Hong Kong police arrest 289 at protests over an election that was pushed back

Though an uptick in COVID-19 cases was blamed for the election delay, some thought the move stemmed from political concerns.

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Riot police in Hong Kong on September 6, 2020
Riot police in Hong Kong on September 6, 2020
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Updated: September 6, 2020 - 6:49pm

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Police arrested 289 people Sunday during protests over the government delaying legislative elections in Hong Kong.  

Many of the protester were arrested for unlawful assembly, according to The Associated Press.

While the elections were previously slated to be held on Sunday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam on July 31 pushed back the voting for a year.

Though the official pointed to an increase in COVID-19 cases for the delay, AP reported that some believed the move stemmed from political concerns on the part of Lam's government that the opposition would get additional seats should the election have been held when planned.

One woman got arrested for charges including assault and spreading pro-independence slogans, a police department social media post said, AP reported. The slogans are not legal according to a recently enacted national security law, the department said.

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