Hong Kong Police Arrest Several Pro-Democracy Leaders

Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Andy Chan were all detained by police.
Posted at 7:48 AM, Aug 30, 2019

As part of an intensifying crackdown on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, authorities have arrested several high-profile activists. 

Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow were detained early Friday. They both helped lead pro-democracy demonstrations five years ago and are now part of the political group Demosistō

Police say they arrested Wong and Chow on unlawful assembly charges. Those charges are related to a June protest that resulted in thousands of protesters surrounding police headquarters.

Both Wong and Chow were charged with inciting and taking part in the protest. Police also charged Wong with organizing the unauthorized assembly. Demosistō confirmed the two were later granted bail.

Police also arrested independence activist Andy Chan Thursday night at the Hong Kong airport. He founded the Hong Kong National Party, which was banned last year over national security concerns.

The arrests came ahead of a massive protest originally scheduled for Saturday. Earlier this week, police denied permission for demonstrators to hold the rally. And on Friday, organizers canceled the event. 

Despite that cancellation, Demosistō is reportedly urging activists to still get out on Saturday and protest.