mandag 30. september 2019

Arrests and rising tension as Hong Kong prepares for protests on China's national day

Authorities have arrested at least two high-profile activists as Hong Kongprepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Tuesday. A large demonstration organised by the group Civil Human Rights Front, which has organised previous mass protests, has been banned by the police, but protesters have vowed to turn out on 1 October to show their anger and frustration at the erosion of rights under Chinese rule.

On Monday activist Ventus Lau and actor Gregory Wong were arrested on charges related to an incident on 1 July when protesters barged into the legislature building and vandalised the chamber. Wong was accused of “conspiring to commit criminal damage” and “entering or remaining in the Legislative Council chamber”, said the pro-democracy Demosisto party, while Lau was accused of the same offences, according to the timeline of his Facebook account.