After a day of violent protests, Hong Kong starts to make arrests

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong police said on Wednesday they had arrested 12 people in connection with incidents on July 1, although it was unclear if they were among protesters who smashed their way into the city`s legislature and ransacked the building.

The police said they had also arrested six people linked to incidents the day before, and eight others suspected of being involved in the illegal disclosure online of police officers` private information.

In recent weeks, Hong Kong has been beset by public protests against the government`s handling of an extradition bill that would allow people in the city, with its cherished tradition of judicial independence, to be sent to stand trial in China, where courts are controlled by the ruling Communist Party.

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