Hong Kong Police Arrest Protesters

by Editor | July 2, 2014 2:00 am

BBC – Police in Hong Kong have arrested 196 protesters who staged a pro-democracy sit-in at the city’s business district.

The demonstrators were reportedly arrested for illegal assembly and obstructing police officers.

It came after tens of thousands of protesters marched on Tuesday in what was described as the city’s largest democracy rally in a decade.

The annual rally, marking the day Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, was to demand full electoral freedom.

Organisers said turnout at the rally was 510,000, while police said about 98,600 took part during the peak of the march.

After the main march had ended, hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in in the city’s Central district.

Police said the sit-in was “unauthorised” and began removing some of the participants in the early hours of Wednesday.

Some demonstrators linked arms in an attempt to stop police from moving them.

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