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HK police arrest Joshua Wong, Nathan Law ahead of Xi Jinping visit

By dailymail / Published on Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 16:12 PM / No Comments


Student protest leader Joshua Wong shouts as he is carried by policemen as protesters are arrested at a monument symbolizing the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for the celebrations, in Hong Kong, China June 28, 2017.

Damir Sagolj | Reuters

Student protest leader Joshua Wong shouts as he is carried by policemen as protesters are arrested at a monument symbolizing the city’s handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for the celebrations, in Hong Kong, China June 28, 2017.

Hong Kong police have arrested protesters on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s visit to the city to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its handover from Britain to China.

The demonstrators had gathered around the Golden Bauhinia statue to express their frustration with what they perceive as Beijing’s encroachment on democratic values.

Those detained include a handful of young activists who were propelled into the international spotlight during the 2014 Umbrella Movement, when thousands poured into the streets, occupying major commercial areas of Hong Kong for 79 days.

Pro-democracy party Demosisto confirmed that the police picked up at least seven of its members, including Umbrella Movement leaders Nathan Law, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow.