Civic Passion chair and lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai has been arrested by Hong Kong police, amid a round-up of pro-democracy figures.

Cheng Chung-tai

Cheng Chung-tai. File photo: In-Media.

According to a Facebook post by the localist group’s former chief Wong Yeung-Yat, Cheng was en route to an event in Tin Shui Wai when he was arrested. It is unclear on what grounds Cheng was arrested.

His detention comes after the arrest of several high-profile activists over the space of 24-hours, including Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Andy Chan and Althea Suen.

Since June, the police have arrested more than 900 people in relation to the ongoing anti-extradition law protests. The ill-fated bill would have allowed case-by-case fugitive transfers to China. Large-scale peaceful protests have morphed into – sometimes violent – displays of dissent over Beijing’s encroachment, democracy, alleged police brutality, surveillance and other community grievances.

HKFP has contacted the police for comment.

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