Hong Kong Police Arrest 'Umbrella Movement' Pro-Democracy Organizers

"They said it was related to the "illegal occupation" of 2014", she said, describing it as a "death kiss" from incumbent Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying, who will hand over the reins to Mrs Lam on July 1.

Ms Lam was chosen to be Hong Kong's next leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing had meddled in the election to ensure her victory and deny the financial hub a more populist leader.

Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan said she had received a call from police yesterday morning telling her she would be charged with causing a public nuisance, with a maximum sentence of seven years.

The protests saw tens of thousands take to the streets calling for fully free leadership elections, but failed to win concessions from Beijing. The Occupy Central activists had called for the protests after it became clear Hong Kong's residents wouldn't be able to participate in direct democracy, with an open field of candidates.

Asked by reporters about the timing, Mrs Lam said she could not intervene with prosecutions carried out by the administration of Mr Leung, who protesters say ordered the firing of tear gas on them in 2014.

"I have every confidence that we will have a very smooth transition", said Ms Lam after shaking hands with Mr Leung.

The nine are due to appear in court on Thursday (March 30).

Mrs Lam had pledged "to heal the divide and to ease the frustrations and to unite our society to move forward".

All of Hong Kong's three other post-handover leaders have struggled to balance the demands of China's stability-obsessed leaders with the wish of many residents to preserve the city's liberal values and rule of law that have long underpinned its economic success.

Wong, legislator Nathan Law and former student protester Alex Chow were all convicted a year ago for taking part in, or inciting others to take part in, an anti-China protest that led up to the major rallies.

  • Leroy Wright