|Rioters set up a blockade on Des Voeux Road West in Sai Wan on Sunday night, blocking traffic on the road, after they attempted to storm the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR. (Edmond Tang / China Daily)|
HONG KONG – Police on Tuesday arrested seven activists for participating in an illegal assembly outside the central government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong in November last year.
They were armed with bricks, glass bottles, umbrellas and bamboo rods in clashes with police officers
Six of the arrested are confirmed to be members from localist groups Demosisto and Student Fight for Democracy, as well as activist group League of Social Democrats. The seventh suspect has yet to be identified.
The pro-independence protesters occupied roads near the Liaison Office in Sai Wan in an illegal protest against Beijing’s move to curb local separatism on Nov 6, 2016. They were armed with bricks, glass bottles, umbrellas and bamboo rods inclashes with police officers.
The police spokesperson said the Hong Kong Island's Crime Wing cooperated with the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau on Tuesday morning to arrest the seven, aged between 17 and 29.
The seven were arrested on suspicion of participation in an illegal assembly, disorderly manner in any public place and possession of offensive weapons in public place.
Police said more arrests may follow.