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Hong Kong activist arrests show China is afraid

Beijing is worried pro-democracy candidates could sweep Legislative Council elections

| Hong Kong

Joseph Yu Shek Cheng is a retired political science professor and a long-term activist in Hong Kong.

On April 18 the Hong Kong police arrested 15 prominent pro-democracy activists for organizing and participating in illegal rallies during the anti-government protests that roiled the city in the second half of last year. Four of the 15 were organizers, but the other 11 simply assumed prominent positions in them.

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