Amid mass protests in Hong Kong objecting to a controversial extradition law, a South Korean man in his 20s was arrested for allegedly participating in an illegal protest, South Korean authorities said Sunday.
This is the first time a South Korean national has been arrested since pro-democracy demonstrations began in the semiautonomous region in June.
According to South Korea’s Consulate General in Hong Kong, Hong Kong police are interrogating the man, who was arrested at around 2 a.m. Sunday at the shopping district of Mong Kok.
|Hong Kong’s riot police arrest pro-democracy protesters in the popular shopping district of Mong Kok on Saturday. (Yonhap)|
“We will know whether he actively took part in the protest or if he was simply observing the protest. We requested the Hong Kong police to conduct a fair investigation,” said an official of the South Korean Consulate General in Hong Kong.
The Korean man is believed to be employed at a restaurant in Hong Kong with a work visa.
By Kim Bo-gyung (firstname.lastname@example.org)