Responding to reports of mass arrests of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, Chair of the Bar, Derek Sweeting QC, said:

“The Bar Council is concerned by the arrest of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong. This crackdown is an assault on democracy itself and calls into question the legitimacy of the security laws being used by the Chinese authorities to make mass arrests. I expect this issue, which has brought condemnation from across the world, will be a topic of discussion when I attend the Law Society of Hong Kong President’s roundtable next week.”