“We strongly condemn the government for making arbitrary arrests and we urge them to release all Democrats unconditionally and immediately. We will not back down in the face of an authoritarian regime. We will continue fighting,” @HKDemocrats said.
HK police arrest 7 pro-democracy politicians.
Seven pro-democracy politicians have been arrested in Hong Kong on charges including acts of contempt against the territory’s assembly.
On Sunday morning, Hong Kong police arrested seven incumbent and former members of the Legislative Council, including the head of the Democratic Party, Wu Chi-wai. The charges are related to a Council meeting in May. Police allege that they also obstructed the duties of Council officials.
Scuffles broke out on May 8 between pro-democracy lawmakers and pro-Beijing members, as they deliberated on a bill to outlaw insulting China’s national anthem.
The police have not ruled out the possibility of further arrests.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is expected to deliver a policy speech this month, after talks with Chinese government officials in Beijing this week.
Observers say the latest move is aimed at keeping the pro-democracy camp in check before full-fledged deliberations on the policy speech at the legislature.
The pro-democracy camp has condemned the arrests, saying lawmakers are being deprived of their right to fight in the legislature.