Joshua Wong, Hong Kong, umbrella protest, chinaAfter two months of continuing protest against the establishment in Hong Kong, the state police made a major arrest on Friday by taking leading pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong under custody.

According to reports, the arrest comes ahead of a demonstration planned in the coming week by his political organisation Demosisto.

After the arrest, Demosisto’s official Twitter page posted a tweet saying that the party’s secretary-general Wong was detained by Hong Kong police roughly around 7:30 am while he was taking a walk to the metro station at South Horizons.

Wong was forced into a private minivan by the Hong Kong police officials in the broad daylight, said the statement.

Nevertheless, the party said that their lawyer has taken up the case and is working on the details, the post revealed.

While the activist has not played a central role in the recent weeks of protests, he is still an important figurehead in the democracy movement.

Born in 1996, eight months before control of Hong Kong was handed over from the UK to China, Wong has spent most of his adolescence and all of his early adulthood fighting for the city’s rights against what he and others say is increasing encroachment by Beijing.

Hong Kong has witnessed 12 consecutive weeks of anti-government protests, which began with a now-dead extradition bill, but broadened to include the calls for democracy and police accountability.

More than 800 people have been arrested in Hong Kong since the beginning of the protests in June.

(With inputs from ANI)


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