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More Arrests of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists

The Hong Kong Free Press posted an article reporting on more arrests of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, including some Hong Kong lawmakers.

Pro-democracy lawmakers Jeremy Tam and Au Nok-hin were arrested on Friday evening – the latest of the high-profile pro-democracy activists to be rounded up by Hong Kong police.

Their arrests come after the detention of other several high-profile activists over the space of two days, including Joshua WongAgnes Chow, Andy ChanAlthea Suen and Shatin District Councillor Rick Hui. Lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai was also arrested en route to an event in Tin Shui Wai on Friday.

Hong Kong Free Press

Meanwhile, Global Times (one of the Chinese state-run media outlets) has reported that Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow were released hours after their arrest yesterday, deepening “concerns that a banned rally on Saturday could turn into extreme violence.”

We continue to be concerned that Beijing is trying to engineer a violent confrontation with police over this weekend, after arresting as many of the pro-democracy movement’s leaders as they can, in order to provide cover for a harsh crackdown on the protesters. Beijing needs to be continually reminded that a large-scale crackdown that results in extreme violence and deaths will have significant economic consequences, and they will lose standing in the international community.

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