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Hong Kong: Police deny allegations arrests of activists linked to upcoming rally

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
August 30, 2019 at 14:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

Senior Hong Kong police officers denied allegations that the arrests of leading anti-government activists were linked to the upcoming mass rally at a news conference in Hong Kong on Friday.

"Basically, the timing of the arrest does not dictate our investigation .We will arrest a person as soon as we have gathered sufficient evidence to prove his or her offence. The allegation that we time our arrests is totally false. There are indeed public events every weekend in the past two months. So making an arrest today doesn't make any implication basically," said John Tse Chun-chung, Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch.

The statement came after police banned a demonstration marking the anniversary of the 2014 Hong Kong protests on the weekend. Activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Andy Chan who were prominent during the rallies five years ago were arrested on Friday.

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Senior Hong Kong police officers denied allegations that the arrests of leading anti-government activists were linked to the upcoming mass rally at a news conference in Hong Kong on Friday.

"Basically, the timing of the arrest does not dictate our investigation .We will arrest a person as soon as we have gathered sufficient evidence to prove his or her offence. The allegation that we time our arrests is totally false. There are indeed public events every weekend in the past two months. So making an arrest today doesn't make any implication basically," said John Tse Chun-chung, Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch.

The statement came after police banned a demonstration marking the anniversary of the 2014 Hong Kong protests on the weekend. Activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Andy Chan who were prominent during the rallies five years ago were arrested on Friday.

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