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Hong Kong releases 26 arrested ahead of visit by China leader

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Hong Kong police on Friday released 26 pro-democracy protesters arrested on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the city to mark the 20th anniversary of its handover from Britain to China.

[HONG KONG] Hong Kong police on Friday released 26 pro-democracy protesters arrested on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the city to mark the 20th anniversary of its handover from Britain to China.

Police said in a statement that all 26 arrested were released on bail and must report to authorities in late September. They gave no further details.

Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested pro-democracy protesters, including student protest leader Joshua Wong, after they scrambled up a monument symbolising the city's handover from British to Chinese rule.

President Xi said on Thursday that China would work to ensure a "far-reaching future" for Hong Kong's autonomy, but he faces a divided city with protesters angered by Beijing's perceived interference in the city.

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Mr Xi arrived in the Asian financial hub on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the handover on Saturday and will swear in the city's next leader, Carrie Lam.

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