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Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers arrested on riot charges

Two prominent politicians among 16 people held over 2019 protests

Pro-democracy legislator Lam Cheuk-ting, center, scuffles with security during a Legislative Council House Committee meeting on May 18.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- More than a dozen people including two pro-democracy lawmakers were arrested by Hong Kong police on Wednesday morning in connection with anti-government protests.

According to the Hong Kong Police Force, 16 people were arrested, including opposition lawmakers Lam Cheuk-ting and Ted Hui Chi-fung. Thirteen of those were arrested on suspicion of participating in protests that were held in the Yuen Long district on July 21, 2019.

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