Seven pro-democracy lawmakers were arrested on Sunday in Hong Kong for obstructing a session of the Legislative Council in May. This is a step after Beijing passed a controversial security law in June.
The arrests, which took place in the early morning, did not appear to be directly related to the law, but came because the police have arrested around 30 people under the law in the past few months.
The police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Lawmakers Wu Chi Wai, Andrew Wan, Helena Wong, Kwok Wing Kin, Eddie Chu, Raymond Chan and Fernando Cheung announced their arrests on their individual Facebook pages.
Beijing passed the national security law on its freest city on June 30, a move widely condemned by Western governments and human rights groups. The law punishes what Beijing generally defines as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life imprisonment.
Critics of the legislation say it is Beijing’s latest move to get a better grip on the former British colony and undermine its independence from the judiciary.