Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests began in September, following Beijing’s decision to vet candidates to run for the 2017 Hong Kong Chief Executive election. Activists flooded the streets, blocking roads and demanding a full universal suffrage. As violence escalated, dozens of protesters and police officers have been injured. The demonstrations are estimated to have attracted as many as 100,000 people at the height of the protest movement, which has since lost its momentum.
Mass demonstration took place in Hong Kong on Wednesday night for the first time since previous protests were dispersed on December 15.
The organizers of the Hong Kong's Occupy Central protest movement plan to take their fight against Beijing's decision to pick future leadership to the legislature.
According to the newspaper, some 7,000 officers were deployed for the operation to clear the main protest site on a rotation basis. Over 900 of the protesters left the site voluntarily as the protests dwindled.
Nevertheless, the prominent Hong Kong protest activist stressed that no upcoming protests were planned.
Beijing firmly opposes the interference of any country, institution or individual in any form in Hong Kong affairs, Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesperson said.
According to reports, Hong Kong law enforcement officials began to "pluck people away" from a crowd of about 100 sitting protesters, who did not appear to resist.
Bailiffs have started to dismantle barricades at Hong Kong’s main protest camp following a court injunction, granted to a local transport company.
Hong Kong's chief secretary advised demonstrators to avoid "unnecessary confrontation" with the police, who will be clearing the camp on Thursday, adding that law enforcement will take immediate action against anyone who opposes the process.
As authorities plan to clear the protest site on Thursday, some students say they will remain in the area. Hong Kong officials fear that clashes with the police might arise tomorrow morning.
Demonstrators must leave the main protest camp in China’s semiautonomous region of Hong Kong before 09:00 (01:00 GMT) on Thursday, according to the High Court’s ruling. After that, police will start dismantling tents and barricades, blocking the traffic in the area.
Student protest leader Joshua Wong broke his hunger strike following 110 hours of no food and water amid ongoing demonstrations demanding full universal suffrage.
Hong Kong student groups have announced that they were considering retreat since they failed to win public support and did not achieve their goal of forcing the Chinese government to abolish its Hong Kong 2017 election policies.
Police have refused to arrest three leaders of the Occupy Central movement, who spearheaded a civil disobedience campaign in Hong Kong. They turned themselves in earlier on Wednesday.
Leaders of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement called on students protesting in Hong Kong to stop unrest and surrender to the police. Watch the video of how they addressed their supporters.
Three leaders of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement, which along with several student organizations spearheaded protests in Hong Kong, have announced that they will “surrender” to police and urged participants of the movement to retreat and transform the protest campaign.
United States urges officials and protesters to express their will peacefully and to solve the issue by dialogue.
Hong Kong authorities have demanded that pro-democracy protesters stop rallying, or else they will be stopped in a violent way.
An activist of the Occupy Central movement for electoral democratization in Hong Kong expressed how to force the authorities to regard public opinion. Watch the video of police trying to disperse protesters.
Beijing has warned a group of British MPs against interfering in China's domestic affairs, claiming it would deny their entry into Hong Kong. China's move came after the British Foreign Affairs Committee declared it was planning to meet with anti-government Occupy Central's protesters and the city's authorities in Hong Kong.
The headquarters of Hong Kong’s government remained closed on Monday morning as thousands of pro-democracy activists clashed with police in a bid to expand the main protest site in Admiralty.