ucanews.com reporterUpdated: September 03, 2019 09:51 AM GMT
Demosisto members Nathan Law (left), Joshua Wong (center) and Agnes Chow speak to the media in Hong Kong on June 18. Wong and Chow were arrested by police on Aug. 30 as authorities stifle dissent. (Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP)
The arrests follow an increase in hostility toward democracy activists. Jimmy Sham, the leader of the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), which has organized several massive rallies in recent months, was reportedly attacked by two armed masked men in a Kowloon restaurant on Aug. 29. He was not injured but a friend was taken to hospital with severe bruising. Max Chung, another prominent democracy activist, also reported being attacked by unknown assailants. A march due to be held by the CHRF on Aug. 31 has been banned by police. The protest was due to mark five years since Beijing ruled out universal suffrage for Hong Kong. Police said on Aug. 28 that 900 people have been arrested since protests began in early June, triggered by a controversial extradition bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts. With the bill now suspended, the rallies have evolved into a broader pro-democracy movement demanding democratic reform and an investigation into alleged police brutality. China brought fresh troops into Hong Kong on Aug. 29 in what state media described as a routine rotation of the garrison. Asian and Western diplomats watching the People's Liberation Army forces in the former British colony had been expecting it. Chinese soldiers stationed in Hong Kong are not there merely for symbolic purposes and they will have "no reason to sit on their hands" if the situation in the city worsens, an editorial in the China Daily newspaper said on Aug. 30.
BREAKING: Our secretary-general @joshuawongcf was just arrested this morning at roughly 7:30, when he was walking to the South Horizons MTR station. He was forcefully pushed into a private minivan on the street in broad daylight. Our lawyers following the case now.— Demosistō 香港眾志 (@demosisto) August 30, 2019
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