Shenzhen authorities have released four Hong Kong journalists after detaining them earlier for attempting to cover an “Occupy Shenzhen” protest in support of the July 1 demonstration in Hong Kong.
Netizens claiming to be behind “Occupy Tiananmen with Love and Peace” initiated the Shenzhen event online. They called on people to occupy the Citizens’ Centre in Shenzhen and some other places near the government building Tuesday, Apple Daily reported.
Several citizens gathered in the Citizens’ Centre Tuesday morning. Police officers monitored the area throughout the day, with people also noticing intensified vehicular patrols.
Police confiscated the banners held up by the citizens and warned them not to do so. Four Hong Kong reporters were taken away by plain-clothed security officials at about 3 pm Tuesday afternoon, but they were released later.
The organizers had called for a more democratic China, as they urged civil rights activists and supporters of universal suffrage in Hong Kong to occupy Shenzhen.
Some activists said police had kept an eye on them since Monday. They said they were being followed throughout the day as authorities wanted to prevent them from going to the Citizens’ Centre, TVB reported.
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