Police hold 500 after Hong Kong democracy demo

Police hold 500 after Hong Kong democracy demo

Police hold 500 after Hong Kong democracy demo

(Picture: AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong police have arrested more than 500 people holding a sit-in a day after tens of thousands in the former British colony joined a massive march to push for democracy.

Anger at mainland China has never been greater after Beijing warned recently it holds the ultimate authority over the capitalist enclave.

That is despite a mini-constitution that gives the city a high degree of autonomy until 2047.

Police said 511 people were arrested today for unlawful assembly and preventing police from carrying out their duties. They were holding an overnight sit-in after the rally.

Police said 98,600 people joined the rally at its peak, while organisers said 510,000 turned out, the highest estimates in a decade. Hong Kong University researchers put the number at between 154,000 and 172,000.

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