290 arrested in Hong Kong in protests over election delay
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Hong Kong police arrested nearly 300 people Sunday during protests over the postponement of legislative elections.

The city was set to vote Sunday before Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on July 31 that they would be delayed for a year. While Lam cited the coronavirus pandemic, her detractors have accused her of seeking to prevent opposition leaders from winning seats, The Associated Press reported.

The majority of the 289 arrests were for unlawful assembly, police said. At least one woman was arrested in the Kowloon district on charges of assault and using pro-independence slogans, according to the AP.


Another activist, Leung Kwok-hung, was also arrested, according to the AP. Police fired pepper balls at protesters in the Mongkok neighborhood while in the nearby Jordan neighborhood, demonstrators hoisted a banner calling for the elections to occur as scheduled.

Protests swept the city last year after Lam introduced a controversial law that would allow the Chinese government to extradite certain criminal suspects. After she withdrew the measure, protests continued calling for her resignation.

This year, China passed controversial national security legislation that critics say erodes Hong Kong’s autonomy from Beijing, sparking further outrage in the city. The protests have shrunk due to both the law and the pandemic but they have still occurred frequently.