228 pro-democracy activists detained in Hong Kong

By Kase Wickman
Saturday, July 2, 2011 15:30 EDT
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Demonstrators paralyzed traffic during an annual pro-democracy march in Hong Kong Friday, then police arrested 228 of the marchers, BNO News reported.

The protesters were charged with illegal gathering, as well as obstruction of public places in the city’s center. The demonstration began Friday and continued through the night, with protesters refusing to leave.

One of the arrested was legislator Albert Chan, who said that police had used unnecessary force and pepper spray, wounding at least one protester. The police say that they used minimal force.

The protesters are being released on bail in stages.

China this year celebrates its 90th year of communism.

Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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