Four arrests as Macau police halt unofficial democracy poll
Published on Aug 24, 2014 5:12 PM
HONG KONG (AFP) - Four people were arrested as police shut down voting facilities in Macau after activists ignored strong objections from Beijing and held an unofficial referendum on electoral reform, the event organiser said.
Residents of the Chinese gambling hub were told they could vote at several locations across the territory, as well as online, but poll organiser Jason Chao told AFP that those attempting to take part in person were stopped by police, who confiscated the tablet computers people used to declare their vote.
He said four activists were arrested by police after polling began in the morning, but could not specify on what grounds.
"The authorities are using all means to disrupt our activity," Mr Chao told AFP. "I can't imagine why the government has to clamp down on such a peaceful event," he said.
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