Wong and two other activists were taken into custody after the hearing. Wong was not a leading figure in last year’s anti-China protests but has drawn the wrath of Beijing, which sees his activism as a “black hand” of foreign forces.
Posts on the Facebook accounts of Ted Hui, Eddie Chu and Ray Chan say they have been arrested in relation to the incidents in the legislature's main chamber. The trio separately disrupted legislative meetings on two occasions.
The fire broke out in what appeared to be a restaurant that was located in an apartment in a residential building, officials said adding that the cause of the fire was still unknown.
Fifteen anti-Beijing legislators are set to quit the chamber in protest after China’s new rule allowed the unchecked ouster of four opposition lawmakers, leaving the assembly a muted gathering of government supporters.
National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said the United States would continue "to identify and sanction those responsible for extinguishing Hong Kong's freedom."
China adopted a resolution earlier in the day allowing the city's executive to expel legislators deemed to be advocating Hong Kong independence, colluding with foreign forces, or threatening national security, without having to go through the courts.
The arrested include current and former opposition lawmakers, according to their political parties and media reports.
Anti-government group Studentlocalism's former leader Tony Chung, 19, has been charged with secession, money laundering and conspiracy to publish seditious material, the latest person to be targeted under Hong Kong's new national security law.
At least 60 people have been arrested in Hong Kong as anti-Beijing protesters held small demonstrations on China's National Day, flaunting a ban on mass gatherings and protests.
The arrest comes after China imposed a sweeping new national security law on Hong Kong in late June.
A US FinCen leak shows JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Deutsche Bank and Bank of New York Mellon moved illicit funds for nearly two decades even after being prosecuted or convicted for financial misconduct.
Tuesday’s Hong Kong IPO of Nongfu Spring made Zhong, the unassuming founder of China’s largest bottled water company, the second richest person in the country.
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