The Civil Human Rights Group, which organized the July 1 march, said on Friday at least five of its members have been arrested, RTHK reported.
Two members, Daisy Chan and Ivy Chan, were arrested early Friday morning, while three more, including front convenor Johnson Yeung Ching-yin and two drivers of the lead vehicles in the protest action, were also arrested later in the day.
Responding to reporters’ questions on whether the arrests signal “political repression”, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said police have always been tolerant of protesters expressing their sentiments, but at the same time, they are required to abide by the law.
“We always uphold a consistent stance in handling the case, and an announcement will be made to the public after the case has been dealt with,” Lai said.
Twenty-three lawmakers in the pan-democratic camp condemned the arrests as “repression of the freedom of protest” and said it was creating “white terror”.
Labour Party lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan said Yeung and microphone controller surnamed Hung had both been arrested for obstructing police carrying out their duties and breaching the terms of the permission for the march granted by police.
The lead car driver Sammy Shum was arrested for violating the Road Traffic Ordinance, Ho said.
“It is quite obvious police are flipping through the law books and looking for whatever laws they can utilize to arrest them,” Ho added.
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