The city authorities said several thousand police officers would start clearing the protest site starting 9 a.m. local time (1 a.m. GMT) on Thursday. Protesters were told to pack up and leave before the police would start dismantling the site. According to the authorities, those who fail to retreat from the protest site, will face “resolute action”, as the police are trying to restore public order, AFP said.
“We can’t guarantee there won’t be any confrontations. I appeal to the protesters who have been illegally occupying our roads to pack up their belongings and leave the protest sites,” said Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Secretary, as quoted by Reuters.
Not all protesters are leaving, however. Some students plan on sitting down and waiting to be arrested, trying to prove their point.
“I will sit here and let them carry me away,” said 23-year old computer repair worker Lucas Wong, as quoted by AFP. “We need to show police we are here, not just tents.”
Hong Kong authorities fear that clashes with the police might arise tomorrow morning. Government officials asked the parents and teachers of the student protesters to try to persuade them to leave the Admiralty area peacefully, AFP said.