They were scheduled for 6 September. Now they’re delayed by the People’s Republic of China for a year; although it was Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam who delivered the news.
Officially, the delay is due to the Wuhan Virus. However, the virus situation has been known for some months, but just before the decision to delay,
12 pro-democracy candidates were disqualified from running in the poll, for reasons including perceived subversive intentions, opposition to the new security law, and campaigning to win a legislation-blocking majority.
There it is in all its naked glory: that new security law that lets the PRC government in Beijing determine what is subversive and so criminal. Included in the current definition is democracy: it’s a crime for Hong Kongers to try to elect city legislators that will represent them rather than Beijing.
The move has one additional outcome: in the absence of a City legislature, the government of the PRC will fill the legislative vacuum.
This is freedom PRC style.