Police swooped on democracy leaders hours before descending on Admiralty armed with a court order to demolish the main protest site.
Wong Yeung-tat, leader of internet activist group Civic Passion, and three other activists were picked up from their homes for alleged participation in an illegal gathering.
Wong is being cited for taking part 59 times in an illegal assembly and was taken to the Sham Shui Po police station Thursday, Passion Times, a website run by the group, said on its Facebook page.
Also arrested were Raphael Wong, deputy chairman of the League of Social Democrats (LSD) and Cheng Kam-mun, co-founder of the newly created Student Front, according news website post852.com.
So Ho, an aide to lawmaker Ray Chan, and a leader of political coalition People Power were detained separately.
LSD deputy chairman Avery Ng said Wong was followed by several plainclothes policemen as soon as he left home on Wednesday’s night.
He was taken to a dark corner where they confiscated his personal belongings, Ng was quoted as saying by Ming Pao Daily.
The league accused the police of white terror and vowed its members will remain in the protest site until the last minute.
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