Hong Kong march cancelled following arrest of leading pro-democracy activists

By RFI |

Joshua Wong looks on outside the Legislative Council during a demonstration demanding Hong Kong’s leaders step down and withdraw the extradition bill. Hong Kong, 17 June, 2019. ©REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo

Hong Kong police arrested well-known activist Joshua Wong and another leading member of a pro-democracy group on Friday ahead of another weekend of planned protests.

Wong’s political party, Demosisto, tweeted he was “pushed into a car” by police.

Police also arrested Andy Chan, the leader of a banned pro-independence movement, at the airport Thursday night.

An appeals board also denied permission for a major march planned for Saturday, the fifth anniversary of a decision by China against allowing fully democratic elections for the leader of Hong Kong.

The organizers said they were calling off the march.

“The first priority of the Civil Human Rights Front is to make sure that all of the participants who participate in our marches will be physically and legally safe. That’s our first priority,” said Bonnie Leung, a leader of the group. “And because of the decision made by the appeal board, we feel very sorry but we have no choice but to cancel the march.”

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