Hong Kong police have arrested prominent pro-democracy advocate Joshua Wong Chi-fung on Friday, according to Demosisto, the political party co-founded by the young activist.
“He was suddenly pushed into a private car on the street” at about 7.30 am, Demosisto said, adding that Wong has “been escorted to the police headquarters in Wan Chai.”
Wong’s arrest came ahead of another weekend of planned protests in Hong Kong which is grappling with its biggest political crisis since its handover to Beijing in 1997, Reuters reports.
Police later also arrested Agnes Chow Ting, another leading member of the Demosisto party. Chow was arrested at her home and escorted to the Wan Chai police headquarters, the party said.
Demosisto said on its Facebook page that it does not know what charges the two, who are both 22 years in age, are facing.
Lawyers have been arranged to follow up on the matter, it said.
RTHK cited police as saying that Wong was arrested on suspicion of organizing, taking part and inciting others to join an unauthorized assembly on June 21, when protesters surrounded police headquarters in Wan Chai.
Chow is suspected of taking part and inciting others to join an unauthorized assembly, according to the report.
Hong Kong saw unrest begin in mid-June over a now-suspended extradition bill, but the protests have since then evolved into calls for greater democracy under the “one country, two systems” formula.
Police have refused permission for a pro-democracy march on Saturday, but organizers have appealed against the decision.
Wong, a student activist who played a key role in Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, was released from jail in June after serving a five-week term for contempt of court.
His fresh arrest came just hours after the leader of the banned Hong Kong National Party, Andy Chan Ho-tin, said he was detained at the Hong Kong airport on Thursday night while preparing to board a flight, RTHK noted.
Writing on Facebook, Chan said he only knows that the detention was requested by the local police, but not the reason.
The police issued a statement Friday morning confirming that a 29-year-old man surnamed Chan was arrested at the airport on suspicion of taking part in a riot and assaulting police.
It said he was being held for questioning.
Chan was among eight people arrested for possession of offensive weapons following a raid in Sha Tin earlier this month.
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