Hong Kong police have arrested two prominent pro-democracy activists as mass protests in the Chinese semi-autonomous region stretch into its 13th week.
Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, activists who gained prominence during the pro-democracy umbrella movement that rocked Hong Kong in 2014, were arrested on Friday morning, the protest organization, Demosisto, confirmed.
According to the organisation, Wong, Secretary-General of Demosisto, was arrested while walking to a subway station and Chow was taken into custody at her home.
“Wong was forcefully pushed into a private minivan on the street in broad daylight. Our lawyers following the case now,” the group said in a post published on Twitter.
Both were taken to police headquarters in Wan Chai, Demosisto disclosed.
They were detained for allegedly inciting, organizing and participating in an unauthorized assembly June 21 out front of the police headquarters, the group said in a Facebook post.
It is not yet clear whether this weekend’s protests will go ahead as planned following the arrest of the two influential anti-government figures.