Hong kong : legislative elections postponed a year due to the coronavirus - The Point

The sars coronavirus will be had because of the legislative elections in hong Kong. The head of the local executive, Carrie Lam, announced on Friday that the on

Hong kong : legislative elections postponed a year due to the coronavirus - The Point

The sars coronavirus will be had because of the legislative elections in hong Kong. The head of the local executive, Carrie Lam, announced on Friday that the one-year deferral of the election which was to take place in September. A new blow to the movement pro-democracy after the disqualification of their candidates, arrests of students and the vanishing of opposition figures.

One year after demonstrations unprecedented in the former british colony since its handover in 1997, the central government of china has engaged in a taken in hand muscular of its territory is semi-autonomous, through a draconian law on the national security imposed at the end of June. Many of the opponents had presented as the final nail on the coffin of the principle of " one country, two systems ", which was supposed to guarantee until 2047 freedoms unknown elsewhere in mainland China.

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"It is necessary," said Beijing

Carrie Lam has spoken about "the hardest decision" to take since the arrival in January of the pandemic in the city, who knows since the beginning of the month a net increase. Beijing immediately expressed on Friday its support for the report. "It is necessary, reasonable and legal," said the business Office of the hong Kong and Macao in a brief statement. "The central government understands completely in this decision and supports it. "

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This decision has rekindled the anger of the camp, pro-democracy, which had urged it to Carrie Lam not to exploit a pandemic in order to protect themselves from a rout at the polls. "It is a political decision, sneaky and despicable, the purpose of which is to prevent a victory by the democrats in the election as it was planned initially," said a parliamentary opposition, Claudia Mb, warning against the risk of an explosion of popular wrath.

"Our resistance will continue"

Thursday, the authorities had announced the invalidation of the candidature of 12 militants pro-democracy in these elections. "Our resistance will continue and we hope that the world will be at our side in the battles to come ", said Friday morning, during a press conference, Joshua Wong, who had been in 2014 in the face of the "movement umbrellas" and whose application was also rejected.

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" It is undoubtedly the period of electoral fraud, the most scandalous in the history of hong Kong ", said that the authorities had already prevented from presenting themselves to the local elections of November, during which the camp pro-democracy had triumphed.

More than half of the 3 272 cases of coronavirus recorded in hong Kong since the beginning of the month of July. "This would be the total collapse of our constitutional system ", had warned in a press release, prior to the announcement of the postponement, a coalition of democratic parties.

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Updated Date: 31 July 2020, 09:33

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