02 Jul '11, 5am

HK detains 228 protesters

HK detains 228 protesters

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police said Saturday they had arrested 228 people after a march by tens of thousands of protestors venting their frustration at government policies and soaring property prices. Organisers said up to 218,000 people took to the streets Friday, the anniversary of the former British colony's return to China, to protest against a slew of issues including a controversial plan to scrap by-elections. Police estimated the crowd at 54,000. Police said some protesters had refused to disperse from a road after the march ended and were detained for illegal assembly and causing obstruction in public places. Television news footage showed police used pepper spray at one point in attempts to disperse the demonstrators following a standoff which lasted a few hours as the group refused to leave. Some were later forcibly removed, handcuffed and carried into police trucks...

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