Pro-democracy lawmakers Jeremy Tam and Au Nok-hin were arrested on Friday evening – the latest of the high-profile pro-democracy activists to be rounded up by Hong Kong police.
Au was arrested for assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer on July 8, police said. Tam was also arrested on Friday for obstructing a police officer.
Both lawmakers were present in Mong Kok in the early hours of July 8, after a massive anti-extradition bill protest that took place the day before. The march was meant to inform mainland visitors about the movement, and organisers estimated that the event drew 230,000.
After the peaceful march ended at the West Kowloon high-speed rail terminus, some protesters took over the streets in Tsim Sha Tsui and walked along Nathan Road to Mong Kok.
Several democrats, including Au and Tam, were on the scene as riot police sought to clear Nathan Road in Mong Kok on the night of July 7 and into the early hours of July 8. News footage at the time showed a heated discussion between the lawmakers and police.
Their arrests come after the detention of other several high-profile activists over the space of two days, including Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Andy Chan, Althea Suen and Shatin District Councillor Rick Hui. Lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai was also arrested en route to an event in Tin Shui Wai on Friday.