Date
20 November 2017
Protesters bed down for the night in Mong Kok. The street occupation is continuing despite a court order. Photo: AFP
Protesters bed down for the night in Mong Kok. The street occupation is continuing despite a court order. Photo: AFP

Admiralty, Mong Kok occupation continues despite court order

Protesters are continuing their occupation of key areas despite a restraining order from Hong Kong’s High Court, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

The High Court issued three injunctions on Monday at the request of taxi operators, a mini bus company and Golden Investment Ltd., owner of Citic Tower in Admiralty.

The judge ordered protesters to clear the building’s three entrances in Tim Mei Avenue and Lung Wui Road.

The petitioners said the street occupation poses safety risks and affects their business.

The injunctions cover two protest sites in Mong Kok and one in Admiralty, ordering protesters to clear the sites immediately, the report said.

However, the protesters refused to leave, citing the sites’ strategic importance to their democracy campaign which has entered its fourth week.

The plaintiffs said they will take further action if the protesters don’t comply with the court order.

There was some hesitation by the judge in granting the injunctions for fear these might affect Tuesday’s planned talks between student leaders and government representatives, the report said.

Lawyers for the plaintiff argued that the talks should be treated as a separate matter.

The judge gave the protesters until Friday to challenge the order.

Also, the court dismissed a motion to ban protesters from resisting the removal of roadblocks by the police.     

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