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Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 13:37
More than 511 protesters held for illegal assembly
By Timothy Chui/chinadailyasia.com

 More than 511 protesters held for illegal assembly
 Police personnel caution protesters in Central, Hong Kong on July 2, 2014. (Photo / Parker Zheng, China Daily)

HONG KONG - More than 511 protesters are being held in police custody for illegal assembly and obstructing police officers in the due execution of duty.

Central’s Chater Road was closed overnight for a sit-in protest by a small group students agitating for political reform deemed illegal according to the Basic Law which had splintered off from the main July 1 march.

A courteous and measured police presence was observed until dawn when repeated calls by police that the road was no longer a pedestrian only zone went unheeded.

The sit-in’s organizers encouraged the few hundred participants to defy police orders to clear the road ahead of Wednesday morning rush hour traffic.

Some protesters were uncooperative and refused to stand and had to be taken away one by one by groups of four police, one for each limb.

No serious injuries were reported on either side.

The protest’s organizers called the action a rehearsal for an attempt to shutter the Central business district as opposition parties have promised but comes before any government proposals on political reform have been released.

Traffic congestion warnings remain in place  for Admiralty and Central due to yesterday’s protest action.

 
 
 
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