Date
16 August 2017
Legislators (from left) Leung Yiu-chung, Albert Ho Chun-yan and Lee Cheuk-yan were among those arrested. Photo: RTHK
Legislators (from left) Leung Yiu-chung, Albert Ho Chun-yan and Lee Cheuk-yan were among those arrested. Photo: RTHK

511 protesters arrested in overnight sit-in

Police arrested 511 protesters on Wednesday morning to clear an overnight sit-in on Chater Road in Central, after the July 1 march, RTHK reported Wednesday.

Three legislators — Albert Ho Chun-yan, Lee Cheuk-yan and Leung Yiu-chung — were among those arrested.

An 80-year-old senior citizen said he supported students who have dreams and guts. “I’m ready for detention,” the report quoted him as saying.

The protesters were mainly members of the Federation of Students and Civic Passion. They had vowed to stay in Central and Admiralty until 8am.

Police accused them of “obstructing police” and “unauthorized assembly”.

Democratic Party lawmaker James To, who is also deputy chairman of the Legislative Council’s panel on security, said some of those arrested were not allowed to meet their lawyers or post bail. Some of the detainees have complained of being prevented from eating and sleeping, To added.

The demonstrators were sent to the Police College in Aberdeen by bus. But the college does not have enough beds and other facilities to handle the detainees, Albert Ho said.

Lee Cheuk-yan said the sit-in demonstrated the Hong Kong people’s determination to press their demand for universal suffrage. He also said the protest actions would be taken to a higher level to put more pressure on the government.

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