511 arrested after huge Hong Kong democracy rally

2014-07-02 08:38
Protesters are taken away by police officers after hundreds of protesters staged a peaceful sit-ins overnight on a street in the financial district in Hong Kong. (File, AP)

Protesters are taken away by police officers after hundreds of protesters staged a peaceful sit-ins overnight on a street in the financial district in Hong Kong. (File, AP)

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Hong Kong - Hong Kong police have arrested more than 500 people holding a sit-in a day after tens of thousands in the former British colony joined a massive march to push for democracy.

Anger at mainland China has never been greater after Beijing warned recently it holds the ultimate authority over the freewheeling capitalist enclave.

That's despite a mini-constitution that gives the city a high degree of autonomy until 2047.

Police said 511 people were arrested on Wednesday for unlawful assembly and preventing police from carrying out their duties. They were holding an overnight sit-in after the rally.

Police said 98 600 people joined Tuesday's rally at its peak, while organisers said 510 000 turned out, the highest estimates in a decade. Hong Kong University researchers put the number at between 154 000 and 172 000.
- AP
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