Date
17 August 2017
Several men including one wearing a green shirt arrived in Mong Kok and started clearing barricades. Photo: RTHK
Several men including one wearing a green shirt arrived in Mong Kok and started clearing barricades. Photo: RTHK

Scuffles in Mong Kok as taxi drivers try to clear barricades

Scuffles broke out in Mong Kok on Wednesday as a group of taxi drivers began dismantling barricades erected by pro-democracy demonstrators at a protest site, RTHK reported.

The taxi drivers arrived at the intersection of Nathan Road and Argyle Street in the afternoon and started to clear barricades, saying they were taking the action following an injunction granted by the High Court this week for clearing of some main roads.

As they began tearing down the barriers, they were resisted by protesters on the scene and scuffles broke out.

The drivers used chainsaws and sledgehammers to remove various objects put up by protesters to block the streets. 

Hundreds of police officers, some in helmets and shields, were on the scene to separate the demonstrators and taxi drivers, who came along with lawyer and court bailiffs.

A senior inspector named Joseph Kuk was quoted as saying that the plaintiff who obtained the court injunction on Monday was arranging the removal of the barricades at the junction of Nathan Road and Dundas Street.

Injunctions were granted to a taxi drivers’ group and a minibus operator against Mong Kok protesters on Monday.

If the occupiers fail to comply, the plaintiffs could seek an arrest warrant and ask bailiffs to enforce it, according to representatives of the Taxi Association and Taxi Drivers and Operators Association. 

Meanwhile, latest reports say a man tried to light a fire using some papers and paint thinner in Mong Kok at 6pm on Wednesday but was stopped by Occupy protesters.

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Police stood by in large numbers in a bid to separate the Occupy and Anti-Occupy groups. Photo: RTHK


A police officer watches as anti-Occupy groups demolish a barricade set up by pro-democracy protesters in Mongkok district on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters


At 6pm, a man tried to light a fire with some papers and paint thinner but was stopped by Occupy protesters. Photo: RTHK


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