US and EU officials speak out against arrests of Hong Kong activists

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Protesters hold up different signs during a march to the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong, Sept. 8. Yu Gang/The Epoch Times photo
U.S. and European officials have expressed alarm upon learning of the arrests of several Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, lawmakers and a local official, Aug. 30, in the lead-up to an anticipated mass protest this weekend. At least eight were arrested Aug. 30, on charges related to recent protests against an extradition bill that would allow the Chinese regime to transfer individuals to be trialed in mainland China. Many feared that the proposal would erode Hong Kong’s autonomy, which was guaranteed when the territory reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997. Members of the local political party Demosisto Agnes Chow and Joshua Wongwere accused of inciting and participating in unauthorized assembly, related to their presence at a June 21 demonstration when thousands sur
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