Date
17 December 2017
Chan Kin-man is urging protesters to avoid any untoward incident with mainland tourists who are expected to come to Hong Kong for the 'golden week' holiday. Photo: HKEJ
Chan Kin-man is urging protesters to avoid any untoward incident with mainland tourists who are expected to come to Hong Kong for the 'golden week' holiday. Photo: HKEJ

Protest leaders to announce next move Wednesday

Occupy Central leaders will announce the next stage of the protest movement on Wednesday, according public broadcaster RTHK.

At the same time, organizers of student activist group Scholarism threatened further mass action if Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying still refuses to meet them by Wednesday.

Chan Kin-man, a co-organizer of Occupy Central, said protesters should not disrupt public order and should avoid violence.

Also, he said they should avoid any untoward incident with mainland tourists who are expected to come to Hong Kong for the “golden week” holiday around China’s national day on Oct. 1.

Chan did not give details about the impending announcement but reports said it could be about ending the protest on Wednesday or extending it.

On Tuesday, the second day of the protest, more people took to the streets, expanding the occupation of major access areas beyond the main business and financial district to Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.

Robert Chow, a spokesman for a pro-establishment group opposed to Occupy Central, urged the protesters to leave Causeway Bay and Mong Kok and give them back to ordinary citizens.

Chow said the demonstrators were causing traffic jams in several areas and should confine themselves to Central and Admiralty.

Public opinion could turn against Occupy Central if people suffer prolonged inconvenience, Chow said.

Meanwhile, pro-establishment lawmaker Wong Ting-kwong said the police were justified in using tear gas on protesters after they tried to storm police barricades and rush the officers with umbrellas.

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