Date
12 December 2017
Protesters cheered upon seeing the inverted flag, regarding it as a sign of silent support from employees at Admiralty Centre. Photo: RTHK
Protesters cheered upon seeing the inverted flag, regarding it as a sign of silent support from employees at Admiralty Centre. Photo: RTHK

Chinese national flag hoisted upside down

A Chinese flag was seen hoisted upside down outside the Admiralty Centre on Monday morning as thousands of protesters blocked a main road in the financial district as part of the Occupy Central campaign.

Protesters cheered upon seeing the inverted flag, regarding it as a sign of silent support from employees at the commercial tower. But soon after, building workers came and returned the banner to its normal position, RTHK News reported.

Pro-democracy activists kicked off their civil disobedience campaign early on Sunday to press their demand for genuine universal suffrage in the city.

They have been blocking Harcourt Road in front of the government headquarters since Sunday afternoon.

Police repeatedly fired tear gas at the swelling crowd to disperse them Sunday afternoon and early Monday, but the activists regrouped and returned to the site overnight. 

Some of the riot police left the site at about 4:00 a.m. on Monday. Others tried to catch some sleep on the ground as they awaited further instructions.

As of Monday morning, thousands of protesters were also occupying key roads in Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.

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