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Thursday, April 27, 2017, 15:30

Parties: Hong Kong cops arrest 9 for Nov protest

By Agencies

HONG KONG – Hong Kong police arrested nine democracy activists on Thursday over a November protest outside the central government's liaison office in the city, opposition parties said.

The development followed Wednesday’s arrest of two disqualified lawmakers over a separate incident in November, when they tried to force their way into a Legislative Council meeting.

"Nine people have been taken from their respective homes to the police station," Raphael Wong, a leader of the League of Social Democrats party, said via a telephone text message.

Wong said the nine faced charges related to a Nov 6 demonstration when thousands of people protested against an interpretation by Basic Law.

Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

One of the nine, student Derek Lam, 23, said he had been charged with inciting others to commit public nuisance before being released on bail.

The two disqualified legislators, Yau Wai-ching, 25, and Leung Chung-hang, 30, have been told to appear in court on Friday.

The Hong Kong High Court, on Nov 15, disqualified them for violating the Basic Law and local laws. Later on Nov 30, the Court of Appeal rejected the appeal of the duo and upheld the High Court ruling that disqualified them and vacated their seats in LegCo.

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