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Dozens of Hong Kong democracy figures arrested over security law

Candidates and others involved in primary elections accused of subverting state

Pro-democracy activist Lester Shum is taken away by Hong Kong police officers on Wednesday. He was among dozens arrested in an early morning operation.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Fifty-three Hong Kong pro-democracy politicians, activists and supporters were detained on Wednesday morning in the first mass arrests since the city's national security law was enacted last June, signaling authorities' increasing clampdown on dissent in the city.

Those detained include former prominent lawmakers from the city's opposition parties such as Wu Chi-wai, James To, Lam Cheuk-ting and Alvin Yeung as well as others who were involved in an unofficial primary vote in July 2020 to choose opposition legislative candidates.

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