Hundreds of demonstrators, including prominent lawmakers, were arrested at a peaceful sit-in in Hong Kong early today, following a huge rally calling for democracy in the Chinese territory.
The crowds had turned out for a 5 km march through the city’s central business district Tuesday, in a massive show of defiance against Beijing.
Police reports say over 98,000 people took part in the march; while organizers said over 500,000 participated.
At the end of the rally, student activist groups held illegal sit-ins at two locations, Chater Road in the heart of the business district, and outside the office of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
Police said 511 people were arrested at the Chater Road sit-in for unauthorized assembly and obstructing police officers.