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Five organisers of huge Hong Kong rally arrested

Published on Jul 4, 2014 3:31 PM
 
Protesters marching during a pro-democracy rally seeking greater democracy in Hong Kong, on July 1, 2014. Police on Friday, July 4, 2014, arrested the organisers of Hong Kong's biggest pro-democracy rally since the city was handed back to China, sparking outrage from campaigners who denounced the "political suppression". -- PHOTO: AFP 

HONG KONG (AFP) - Police on Friday arrested the organisers of Hong Kong's biggest pro-democracy rally since the city was handed back to China, sparking outrage from campaigners who denounced the "political suppression".

Five members of the Civil Human Rights Front, including its convener, were arrested three days after the march, which the group said mobilised half a million people to voice anger at Beijing's ever-tightening grip on Hong Kong.

"They are making arrests even though we have had such a peaceful procession," the group's convener Johnson Yeung said after two of his colleagues were picked from their homes on Friday morning. "This isn't about any one reason, this is about political suppression," he told reporters before surrendering to police with two others from the group.

Police did not immediately comment on the arrests. But the group's vice-convener Icarus Wong told AFP that they were arrested on frivolous charges including "obstruction of police duties" during the largely peaceful rally.

 
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