Cops fire on Hong Kongers raging against election delay, new law

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Cops fire on Hong Kongers raging against election delay, new law

Pepper balls rain on marchers waving now-banned placards after heavy blow to pro-democracy opposition

Jessie Pang

Police fired rounds of pepper balls at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday as hundreds took to the streets to demonstrate against the postponement of legislative elections and a new national security law imposed by China.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam postponed the September 6 election for seats in the Asian financial hub’s Legislative Council for a year in July because of a spike in coronavirus cases.

The move dealt a blow to the pro-democracy opposition who hoped to win a historic majority in the council, where only half the seats are directly elected and the other half are appointed members who mostly support Beijing...

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