Hong Kong More than 500 held at pro-democracy protest

Guardian (UK) |

Hong Kong police have arrested more than 500 protesters for illegally "occupying" a street in the city's central business district, hours after hundreds of thousands of residents gathered for the city's biggest pro-democracy demonstration in recent history. Most of those arrested were students who had pledged to flood the street until 8am yesterday. Police began bundling away protesters at 3am, and continued until the end of the sit-in, when the remaining crowd - about 50 people - let out a cheer and dispersed on its own. No one has yet been formally charged. Videos online showed blue-uniformed police carrying protesters by their arms and legs, and pushing them away on wheelchairs. "The reason we are here is for universal suffrage and the future of our democracy," one protester shouted, according to local media. Some protesters have been accused of participating in an unauthorised assembly and obstructing police, Reuters reported. Jonathan Lam, a lawyer for the protesters, said about 300 had been released - some on bail, most with a warning - and the remaining 200 would probably be freed soon. Jonathan Kaiman Hong Kong



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