Germany suspends extradition agreement with Hong Kong

Police use water cannon during protests over Hong Kong's new security laws

Young Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong said on Friday his "invalid and ridiculous" disqualification as a candidate in elections for the legislature would not stop the fight for democracy in the Chinese-ruled city. Hong Kong's last British governor Chris Patten called it an "outrageous political purge".

Four Hong Kong students involved in a recently disbanded pro-independence group were arrested by police on Wednesday under a controversial new national security law, officers and members of the group said.

The move on Friday is seen as a setback for the pro-democracy opposition, which was hoping to capitalise on disenchantment with the current pro-Beijing majority to win a historic majority itself.

The Chinese government have said that they do not recognise the British National Overseas passports (BNO) for those who are holders in Hong Kong, as they are not "valid" travel documents.

China's foreign ministry insisted on Friday that Hong Kong's legislative elections are an "internal affair".

"Postponing the September elections for a year is a cynical move to contain a political emergency, not a public health one".

More than 600,000 voters cast ballots in the primary despite warnings from officials that the event might violate the national security law or spread the coronavirus though no confirmed cases have been traced to the event yet.

"Clearly, Beijing shows a total disregard for the will of the Hongkongers, tramples upon the city's last pillar of vanishing autonomy and attempts to keep Hong Kong's legislature under its firm grip", Wong said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

Indian, Chinese troops complete disengagement at most locations of border, claims Beijing
Srivastava said there had been some progress made towards disengagement but the process had not been completed. On June 15, both sides engaged in a violent face-off and 20 Indian Army personnel were killed.

However, protests began in June 2019 in opposition to a bill that would make it possible for people in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wending said earlier that Hong Kong's coronavirus outbreak was a factor in its elections, which were a domestic issue.

Leader Carrie Lam announced on Friday the delay of the September election due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, calling it the hardest decision she has made in the last seven months, even as the opposition cried foul. Many Hong Kong residents are anxious that this could lead to the area becoming "another Chinese city".

"Beyond any doubt (this) is the most scandalous election fraud era in Hong Kong history", said the 23-year-old, dressed in a T-shirt that said "They can't kill us all".

The president later sidestepped a question about whether he supported Hong Kong's postponement.

One provision bans "inciting hatred" towards the government.

Many critics pushed back on the idea with arguments similar to those McEnany used to criticize Hong Kong's delay.

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