Date
22 November 2017
A man opposed to the Occupy blockade in Mong Kok tried to set fire to protest materials Wednesday using a glass bottle containing a flammable liquid, heightening tensions in the area. Photo: HKEJ
A man opposed to the Occupy blockade in Mong Kok tried to set fire to protest materials Wednesday using a glass bottle containing a flammable liquid, heightening tensions in the area. Photo: HKEJ

More clashes at Occupy protest site in Mong Kok

The Occupy protest zone in Mong Kok saw more clashes and confrontations late Wednesday between supporters and opponents of the mass sit-in after the first dialogue between the government and student leaders the previous day failed to break the deadlock over political reform issues.

Clashes began as some members of the Taxi Drivers and Operators Association arrived at the intersection of Nathan Road and Argyle Street in the afternoon and started to clear barricades, claiming saying they were just helping to enforce an injunction granted by the High Court on Monday.

They were resisted by protesters on the scene and scuffles broke out.

Later at about 7 pm, a man standing near the Mong Kok branch of HSBC tries to light up a glass bottle containing flammable thinner to burn goods put in place by the occupiers. He was brought under control by pro-democracy activists before he could succeed in his mission. He was held until the police arrived.

Not long after the incident, another man threw down four bags containing dark brown paint and excrement from a building near the same location, am730 reported Thursday. One child was said to have been hurt. A number of occupiers soon besieged the building while the police looked for the suspect.

Several people were taken way by the police after the multiple incidents.

Meanwhile, three bus operator groups asked the High Court on Wednesday to issue an injunction banning gathering of protesters outside the Far East Finance Centre on Harcourt Road in Admiralty. They also demanded compensation for their economic loss, a figure which they pegged at over HK$3 million (US$386,750), due to the road blockade.

As pro-democracy occupation continues in Mong Kong, Admiralty and Causeway Bay, some protesters suggested in social media that the battlefront could be extended to the Hong Kong International Airport.

Steve Hui, chief superintendent of the police public relations bureau, said it was found that some persons were trying to instigate people to block the airport. The police is keeping a close watch to prevent any potential illegal activity there, he said.

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