Politician Among Those Arrested During Hong Kong Anti-Government Protests

A Hong Kong lawmaker said he was among a group of people arrested during protests in Hong Kong on July 1, a day after a controversial new national security law came into effect.

The law signed by China’s President Xi Jinping criminalizes acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign and external forces to jeopardise national security, according to reports. Under the law, offenders may be given a life sentence as the maximum punishment.

This footage, posted by Hong Kong opposition parliamentarian Ray Chan, shows a group of detained people being led away by police. Chan said on Twitter that he had also been arrested.

Wednesday’s protests, which coincided with annual rallies marking the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China in 1997, became heated with police using water cannons and pepper spray.

Police said more than 70 people were arrested on July 1 during “unauthorized assemblies”, including the first two people to be detained for offenses arising from the national security law. Credit: Ray Chan via Storyful