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Arrested Under New Law, Hong Kong Protesters Get Swabbed for DNA

  • Lawyer calls police actions ‘intrusive and disproportionate’
  • Police say samples can help them prove who committed offense
Demonstrators Attend Medical Workers Resisting Tyranny Rally As Hong Kong Protests Set for 21st Weekend
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As Hong Kong sees life change rapidly under a new security law, protesters have quickly learned that actions that weren’t worthy of police attention a little more than a week ago could now warrant an arrest, DNA sample and search of their home -- in addition to the possibility of jail time.

Hong Kong police made their first arrests last week under a sweeping new security law imposed by China, taking 10 protesters into custody. Six men and four women, ages 15 to 67, were arrested due to acts of inciting or abetting subversion or secession, police said. At least six possessed pro-democracy and independence pamphlets and poster bills that have been distributed during past demonstrations without triggering arrests, according to lawyers representing the protesters.