Hong Kong Police Arrested Five Organizers of July 1 Rally

Hong Kong police today arrested two men and three women aged 22 to 60 involved in organizing a July 1 protest march, for not following police instructions and obstruction, according to a government statement.

Among the five taken into custody, a 60-year-old man was arrested for vacating a vehicle without having stopped the engine and and a 40-year-old woman was arrested for giving false information, according to the statement.

More than 500,000 people took to the streets of Hong Kong July 1 according to rally organizers, in the biggest march for a decade held to oppose Chinese control of elections. China raised tensions with pro-democracy supporters in the special administrative region after issuing a policy paper in June asserting that the city’s right to autonomy wasn’t inherent.

Police arrested 511 people on July 2, the day after the rally, for illegal gathering and obstructing traffic in the Central business district after the protest turned into an overnight sit-in.

The rally came after almost 800,000 people voted in an unofficial referendum organized by Occupy Central With Love and Peace, an activist group, against China’s insistence that it vet candidates for the 2017 election.

The group plans to hold a larger sit-in in the business district if the government’s 2017 leadership elections proposal does not involve full democracy. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s administration reiterated July 1 that public nomination of candidates is unlikely to win consent.

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