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Politicians and activists detained in early morning raids in crackdown linked to ‘primaries’ democrats held last year.

Dozens of Hong Kong opposition politicians and activists were arrested on Wednesday morning under the territory’s national security law, as the police swooped in the biggest crackdown yet on the territory’s pro-democracy groups.

Local media said at least 50 people had been detained in the early morning raids. A senior police source who requested anonymity told the AFP news agency “around 50” people had been arrested in the morning operation.

Police arrested the activists for taking part in a ballot last year that was used to to select the democratic candidates for the legislative election which was supposed to be held in September 2020, the Democratic Party said on its Facebook page.

At the time, the Hong Kong government and Beijing both said the primaries, in which tens of thousands of people voted, could violate the national security law, which was imposed in the territory on June 30 last year.

The attempt was seen as an “act of subversion, in violation of the national security law”, the party said. Those arrested include former lawmakers James To, Lam Cheuk Ting, Lester Shum and Claudia Mo.

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