Nine pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong say police have told them they will be charged over the 2014 protests, a day after new leader Carrie Lam vowed to heal divisions in the territory.

The nine include the three organisers of occupy central, which evolved into the umbrella protest mass movement.

The group are expected to be charged with creating a public trouble.

Lam, who was chosen to lead the territory on Sunday, said the law had to be respected.

She stated that the prosecution actions were undertaken independently by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In a statement, the DOJ said its decision to act was based purely on legal considerations. It said it handled all its work in an apolitical manner and free from any interference.

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