Thousands of Hong Kong civil servants and medical workers are expected to hit the streets on Friday [Vincent Yu/AP]
The founder of a banned Hong Kong independence party has been arrested in a raid where weapons and explosives were allegedly found, a senior police source said, as the city reels from weeks of anti-government protests.
In a statement, police said on Friday that eight people — seven men and one woman — were arrested at an industrial building on Thursday evening in the district of Sha Tin, on charges of possession of an offensive weapon and possession of explosives without a licence.
The arrest comes as more demonstrations are expected across the city this weekend.
The statement did not identify the individuals arrested.