Outstanding Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been arrested in Hong Kong, in accordance with a press release by the political celebration he co-founded.
The Demosisto celebration mentioned he had been “forcefully pushed into a non-public minivan on the road” whereas strolling to a practice station at round 07:30 native time (23:30 GMT Thursday).
He was then taken to police headquarters in Wan Chai, his celebration mentioned.
Police haven’t but commented.
Demosisto mentioned he faces three expenses, however it’s not but clear what they’re.
- Joshua Wong, the poster boy for Hong Kong protests
The activist’s arrest comes a day forward of a deliberate demonstration which has not obtained police approval.
Effectively-known independence campaigner Andy Chan mentioned he too was detained by police, whereas attempting to board a flight from Hong Kong to Japan on Thursday evening.
Police mentioned he was arrested on suspicion of rioting and assaulting a police officer, in accordance with native outlet HKFP.
Police mentioned on Wednesday that some 900 folks have been arrested since protests started in early June, triggered by a controversial extradition invoice.
With the invoice now suspended, the rallies have developed right into a broader pro-democracy motion demanding democratic reform and an investigation into alleged police brutality.
Whereas the protests have been characterised as leaderless, Joshua Wong is a figurehead for a lot of on account of his main function within the 2014 rallies referred to as Hong Kong’s “umbrella protests”.
He turned the poster boy for town’s resistance, as 1000’s marched demanding the correct for Hong Kong to decide on its personal chief.
His newest arrest comes simply weeks after he was launched from jail in June, after serving time for his function within the Umbrella Motion.