Hong Kong lawmakers arrested over disruption of legislature

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested seven people yesterday over scuffles that broke out in the city’s legislature during a faceoff between opposing Beijing lawmakers earlier this year.

Those arrested include current and former opposition lawmakers, according to their political parties and media reports.

A police statement said that six men and one woman had been detained on suspicion of contempt and interfering with legislative members. It did not name them.

The statement said the arrests are part of an investigation into a May 8 committee meeting in which lawmakers rushed toward the chairperson’s seat and security guards shoved back. Those carried out included Eddie Chu and Ray Chan, after they had been ordered to leave for disorderly conduct.