Police said they seized a sharp knife along with protest rods, masks and stickers. Officers were also investigating reports that Molotov cocktails were thrown at a main road in Kowloon district.
Before the holidays, Luo Huining, director of China’s powerful representative office in Hong Kong, said it was important for young people and officials in the semi-autonomous region to feel more patriotic. He called for more education on topics such as national security, Chinese history and culture.
“As a Chinese, loving the country is not a choice, but a duty and the right path,” he said in a speech on Wednesday.
Carrie Lam, chief executive of Hong Kong, said at a national day meeting on Thursday that the relative calm shows the value of national security legislation. “Over the past three months, the simple truth is, and it is obvious to see, that stability has been restored in society while national security has been safeguarded,” she said.
Ms. Lam also reiterated that the townspeople continued to enjoy basic rights and freedoms. Activists and academics have challenged the government’s position, noting that the security law – with political crimes loosely defined as subversion – was used to target speech that had long been protected.
Some protesters had planned to rally to support 12 people from Hong Kong who were being held in neighboring mainland city of Shenzhen on charges of illegally crossing the border. The group, which included people who had been indicted in Hong Kong for acts committed during protests last year, had sought to flee to Taiwan by boat in August when they were arrested by the coast guard. Chinese.