Today is September 6, the original polling day for the general election of the Legislative Council. However, on July 31, the government forcibly postponed the election for one year on the grounds of the epidemic, which angered the public. Netizens launched a march in Yaumatei Tsimshatsui Mongok area in Kowloon today to protest the postponement of elections, the Hong Kong National Security Act and the health code, etc. However, the police warned for two consecutive days that they would “enforce the law rapidly and decisively”, and there are reports that the police will deploy over 2,000 police officers in response.
With the decline of the epidemic, the number of confirmed cases has continued to fall to single-digit. Recent polls indicate that nearly 70% of the public support the resumption of the Legislative Council elections as soon as possible.
Winnie Yu Wai-ming, founder and chairwoman of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, who won the democratic primary election earlier, stated that she is absolutely in favor of holding the election as soon as possible. As long as the epidemic prevention measures are taken during the voting period, the election can actually continue. The government’s citywide coronavirus test is done mostly at the same polling stations. Why can the same place be used for testing but not for voting? Plus the schools has resumed, why is the Legislative Council election still postponed for one year?
Starting at 2:30 pm, a large number of people gathered near Eaton Hotel in Jordan and Nathan Road. Most of them were dressed in black and marched along Nathan Road towards Mong Kok. When the police performed stop and search, they turned into the side streets. Citizens were undaunted by over 2000 riot police and dozens of police vans deployed nearby in a high-profile manner.