Hong Kong police arrested at least 60 people on suspicion of unauthorised assembly on China's National Day holiday Thursday after crowds gathered on the streets of a popular shopping district chanting pro-democracy slogans.
Those arrested included two district councilors, police said in a statement posted on Facebook. They said the people were arrested after they ignored repeated warnings asking them to disperse.
Online calls urged people to join protests, and crowds turned up at Hong Kong's Causeway Bay shopping district, some people chanting "Disband the police" and "Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our time," a popular pro-democracy slogan that has been banned by the Hong Kong government for alleged secessionist sentiments.
A heavy police presence outnumbered the protesters at the scene.
National Day, which celebrates the founding of the People's Republic of China, has become a day of protest in Hong Kong by those who oppose Beijing's increasing control over the semi-autonomous city.