Shenzhen authorities have arrested a Hong Kong man over a suspected plot to use a drone to disrupt an upcoming visit of a top mainland official to Hong Kong, state media reported on Sunday.
The man, who was not named, is alleged to have links with Hong Kong’s pro-democratic opposition.
He was a “sponsor” of the opposition camp and worked with another opposition figure to obtain the drone, which was planned for some “disruptive activities” against a Chinese delegation, Xinhua said.
The state news agency gave no details, but the arrest comes just ahead of the visit to Hong Kong by Zhang Dejiang, the chairman of China’s National People’s Congress, Reuters noted.
Zhang, the third-ranked member of the ruling Politburo standing committee, arrives in Hong Kong on Tuesday in what is being billed as an inspection trip.
He is the highest Communist Party leader to visit Hong Kong since large-scale democracy protests rocked the city in late 2014.
During his trip, Zhang is due to meet senior government officials and Hong Kong legislators.
There have been concerns that some pro-democracy activists may stage protests during the mainland official’s visit.
A Hong Kong police spokeswoman told Reuters that they were notified of the arrest by Shenzhen authorities on Sunday morning and that they sought further details.
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