Hong Kong police have arrested seven pro-democracy activists in the past 24 hours, in a sweeping round up of some of the city's protest figureheads. The arrested include:
Rick Hui, pro-democracy politician from the Sha Tin District Council
Agnes Chow, former Legislative Council candidate of pro-democracy group Demosisto
Joshua Wong, 2014 Umbrella Revolution leader and Demosisto leader
Andy Chan, founder of the outlawed pro-independence Hong Kong National Party
The other three arrestees have not been named by officials.
According to police, two were women arrested on suspicion of breaking into Hong Kong's Legislative Council on July 1, and the third is a 59-year-old man suspected of rioting at Yuen Long station on July 13.
The arrests came ahead of a massive pro-democracy march planned for Saturday, but which was canceled by organizers today. Police expect protesters to show up anyway.
As the protests enter their 13th consecutive week, the past 7 days have seen escalating tensions. Last Sunday, a Hong Kong police officer fired a live shot into the air during protests for the first time.
Then in the week, Chief Executive Carrie Lam refused to rule out invoking emergency powers and a prominent protest organizer was attacked by masked men carrying baseball bats and knives.
Amnesty International called Friday's arrests a tactic "straight out of Beijing’s playbook."