Live images showed three prominent pro-democracy politicians — Leung Kwok-hung, Figo Chan and Raphael Wong — were among those held. The protests came hours after the police’s newly formed national security unit arrested Tam Tak-chi, another democracy activist and radio DJ, for “uttering seditious words”.Tam is the latest in a long line of government critics to find themselves facing prosecution in recent months for their involvement in protests.When they announced the arrest on Sunday morning, police did not explain what Tam may have said that was considered seditious. Beijing has initiated a widespread crackdown against its critics in Hong Kong after the financial hub was rocked by seven straight months of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests last year.Rallies have been all but outlawed this year with authorities citing both security concerns and wielding emergency anti-coronavirus laws to ban public gatherings.In late June, Beijing also imposed its new security law, which bans anything authorities perceive to be secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.At least 22 people have been arrested under the new law since it came into effect, sending a chill through the city.On Friday, UN rights experts warned the broadly worded provisions in the legislation posed a serious threat to political freedoms and the right to protest.Under a deal agreed with Britain ahead of the 1997 handover, authoritarian China agreed to let Hong Kong keep certain liberties and autonomy for 50 years.Critics say that deal has been demolished by the security law and the increasingly intense crackdown on the city’s democracy supporters.Beijing denies freedoms are being eroded and portrays the anti-government protests as a western backed plot to destabilize the mainland. Topics : More than 30 people were arrested by Hong Kong police on Sunday as riot officers swooped on democracy protesters opposed to the postponement of local elections.Sunday was meant to be voting day for the city’s partially elected legislature, one of the few instances where Hong Kongers get to cast ballots.But the city’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam suspended the polls for a year citing the coronavirus, angering the pro-democracy opposition who had been hoping to capitalize on seething anti-government sentiment. Hundreds of riot police flooded the district of Kowloon in a bid to thwart online calls for flash mob protests to mark the suspended vote.Throughout the afternoon police were heckled by people shouting slogans such as “Give me back my vote!” and “Corrupt cops!” as officers conducted multiple stop and searches and ordered crowds to disperse.In a Facebook statement, police said at least 30 people were arrested, mostly for unlawful assembly.One woman was detained under a new security law Beijing imposed on the city for chanting independence slogans, the force added.
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (Reuters) – Opener David Warner scored an unbeaten half-century in vain as Australia blew what appeared to be a comfortable chase and South Africa claimed a 12-run victory in the second Twenty20 International on Sunday.South Africa posted a below-par 158 for four in their 20 overs as Australia strangled their bright start, but were able to defend the total as the wicket slowed up and the touring side found scoring increasingly difficult.Warner was unbeaten on 67 from 56 balls and having reached 98 for one in the 13th over, Australia looked odds-on for the victory until South Africa found a way to cut off the boundaries and they finished short on 146 for six.The series is level at 1-1 with the decider to be played in Cape Town on Wednesday, after which the sides will contest three one-day internationals.“We’ve played here a number of times and I’ve realised that the new ball is key,” South Africa captain Quinton de Kock said at the post-match presentation.“We understand that this wicket, especially late afternoon, for the team batting second it’s always going to be difficult.”De Kock was again the mainstay of the South African innings, his clean striking bringing five fours and four sixes in a fine 70 from 47 balls before he holed out to mid-off.Rassie van der Dussen (37 from 26 balls) provided a vital contribution, but South Africa were 20 or so runs short of where they should have been, having scored only 36 runs in the last five overs with wickets in hand.Seamer Kane Richardson was the pick of the Australian bowling attack with 2-21 in four overs.Australia appeared to be cruising in their reply and when Steve Smith (29 from 26 balls) was out with the score on 98, they required 61 from 45 balls with eight wickets remaining.But South Africa used the slow wicket expertly as leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi returned figures of 0-17 in his four overs to increase the pressure on the visitors.Australia needed 20 from the final 12 balls and when Kagiso Rabada’s penultimate overwent for only three, they were firmly on the back foot and never recovered momentum.“I thought we were in the hunt for most of the chase. We just didn’t get that kick at the end that we needed,” Australia skipper Aaron Finch said.“Both teams bowled well at the end, it’s not ideal but a great game.”
City side remain third in the table after being held to a scoreless draw by Mark Hughes’ side. Pep Guardiola started with David Silva on the bench, but defended his decision to rotate his squad given their schedule.