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Police arrest 500 protesters in Hong Kong

Hong Kong police have arrested more than 500 pro-democracy demonstrators who conducted a sit-in following a massive rally.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Tuesday, the 17th anniversary of Hong Kong's reversion to China. They were protesting what they see as the Chinese government's interference in Hong Kong's autonomy.

The rally's organizer says an unprecedented 510,000 people took part. The police say 100,000 people showed up.

More than 1,000 marchers, mainly young people, continued their protests on Wednesday by staging a sit-in on roads in Hong Kong's financial center.

Police began removing demonstrators in the morning and have taken 511 people into custody for disrupting traffic and undermining public safety.

Many Hong Kong residents take part in protests every year on July 1st. They are worried about the Chinese government's increased interference in Hong Kong's autonomy, which is guaranteed by law under the principle of "one country, two systems."

The number of arrests related to the demonstrations this year was unusually high.

Jul. 2, 2014 - Updated 05:33 UTC