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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong police detain veteran democracy activists in raids

Prominent Democratic Party founder Martin Lee believed to be among the arrested

Hong Kong politician Martin Lee, left, and founder of Next Media Jimmy Lai march during a protest in Hong Kong on March 31.   © Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Hong Kong police arrested 15 activists, including veteran politicians, a publishing tycoon and senior barristers, in raids on Saturday in the biggest crackdown on the city's pro-democracy movement since the outbreak of mass protests last year.

Among those detained on charges of illegal assembly were Democratic Party founder Martin Lee, 81, millionaire publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, 71, and former lawmaker and barrister Margaret Ng, 72, according to media and political sources.

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