Two Hong Kong opposition lawmakers among 16 arrested over Yuen Long attack and Tuen Mun protest

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Police arrested two Hong Kong opposition lawmakers on August 26, 2020 over the city’s anti-government protests in 2019. Officers detained 16 people, including Democratic Party’s Lam Cheuk-ting and Ted Hui Chi-fung.
Lam was arrested on suspicion of rioting in relation to the Yuen Long incident on July 21, 2019, in which a mob beat pro-democracy protesters and bystanders with rods at Yuen Long MTR station. Lam and Hui were also arrested over a rally in Tuen Mun Park on July 6, 2019, in which residents protested against the alleged nuisance caused by singing and dancing women.

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Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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