Along with students, social workers and local district councillors too arrested today on participating in an unlawful assembly on Nov 19 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, police told a news conference later in the day.
Police confirmed the eight arrests were for an unauthorised protest and inciting secession, but did not give names of those detained immediately.
“We only arrested them who were shouting the slogan and displaying the flags (that) involved some national security concerns,” Steve Li, Senior Superintendent of the police’s National Security Department, told a news conference, referring to slogans deemed pro-independence.
Amnesty says the arrests in Hong Kong over a graduation day campus protest are a “blatant attack on human rights.”
Eight people have been arrested in Hong Kong over an unauthorised protest at a university campus.
More than 100 people are understood to have protested at The Chinese University of Hong Kong last month against a decision to hold graduation ceremonies online.
Some protesters had called for Hong Kong independence and had signs such as “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times”.
Gatherings like these are outlawed under the territory’s controversial new security law which Beijing hopes will stop the mass protests of recent years.