People were warned not to attend a banned vigil remembering the deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown as authorities mute China’s last pro-democracy voices.
Taking part in an unlawful assembly or a riot in Hong Kong can result in a maximum sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment.
The tightening legal noose on local activists comes as Chinese officials prepare to unveil electoral reforms that will likely further diminish the role and influence of opposition forces in public office,
Meanwhile, Chinese state media was quick to draw comparisons between the storming of the Capitol and protests in semi-autonomous Hong Kong.
The mass arrests, including of former lawmakers, were the largest move against Hong Kong’s democracy movement since the law was imposed by Beijing.
Pandemic restrictions limit crowds and gatherings to ring in 2021 as many popular locales urged residents to stay home.
Authorities are stepping up a crackdown on opposition to tighten Beijing’s control over the territory.
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, said that it is an unusual "honor" to be so "unjustifiably sanctioned" by the United States.
The three former lawmakers disrupted meetings debating a now-approved ordinance that criminalizes any insult to or abuse of the Chinese national anthem.
A mass resignation by the pro-democracy camp would leave Hong Kong’s legislature with only pro-Beijing lawmakers.