Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Joshua Wong, Hong Kong student leader arrested as police move on protest site


Joshua Wong, Hong Kong student leader arrested as police move on protest site


Hong Kong police on Wednesday finally arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two of the student leaders at the heart of pro-democracy protests that have shaken the Asian financial hub since August, and began swiftly clearing a major demonstration site. Riot police lightly scuffled with protesters trying to resist attempts to force them off the streets of the gritty Mong Kok district following clashes overnight. Still hundreds of protesters remained on Nathan Road, at the heart of the protest site in Mong Kok, brandishing yellow banners and chanting demands for “full democracy” in the former British colony, but were pushed back by the large number of police. Within about two hours most of the protesters’ tents had been removed completely.

Mong Kok has been a flash point for clashes between students and mobs, which have posed one of the biggest challenges to China’s Communist Party leaders since the crushing of a prodemocracy movement in Beijing in 1989. Earlier, court-appointed bailiffs had strictly warned protesters to leave and around 80 workers in red caps and “I love Hong Kong” T-shirts began clearing metal and wooden barricades laid across Nathan Road, where hundreds of tents had been erected in a two-month civil disobedience campaign.

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