Hong Kong Police Confirm Arrests of 2 Protest Leaders

HONG KONG (Xinhua) — Two leaders of political groups advocating “Hong Kong’s independence,” Joshua Wong and Chan Ho-tin, have been detained, Hong Kong police confirmed Friday.

Wong was arrested at around 7:30 a.m. Friday enroute to the South Horizons MTR station, according to the social network account of his group Demosisto.

It said that Wong was arrested on three charges, and was escorted to the police headquarters in Wan Chai.

Chan said on his social network account that he was detained Thursday night at Hong Kong International Airport as he was preparing for departure.

Chan was the leader of Hong Kong National Party, a political group that has been announced illegal by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government.

The Hong Kong police confirmed with Xinhua that the two have been arrested.

The Organized Crime and Triad Bureau of the police arrested a 29-year-old man surnamed Chan at the airport on Thursday night, it said, adding that the man was detained for enquiries in connection with the riots and assaults on police officers during a demonstration in Sheung Shui on July 13.


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