Date
18 December 2017
Street protesters in Mong Kok say they will leave voluntarily but regroup after the bailiffs have carried out the court order. Photo: CNSA
Street protesters in Mong Kok say they will leave voluntarily but regroup after the bailiffs have carried out the court order. Photo: CNSA

Street clear-out seen Wednesday after High Court ruling

Street protesters in Mong Kok say they will not resist a dispersal operation after Hong Kong’s High Court upheld an injunction against the occupation of major roads.

They said they will not risk arrest but vowed to regroup after the clear-out, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

In Admiralty, the street occupiers are determined to hold their ground.

Police and justice officials are expected to discuss details of the clearing operation which could come as soon as Wednesday.

On Monday, the High Court extended a restraining order in favor of a minibus operator and ordered protesters off sections of Nathan Road and Argyle Street in Mong Kok and areas outside CITIC Tower in Admiralty.

The order will be carried by bailiffs backed by the police. The protesters will be given time to leave the premises, the report said.

Meanwhile, the High Court is reviewing a separate motion by Kwoon Chung Motors Co. Ltd. against the occupation of Harcourt Road in Admiralty. 

Drivers have been among the hardest hit in the seven-week-old street protests, a minibus operator said through its lawyer, Maggie Chan, a member of pro-establishment Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong.

Chan said the court’s ruling exemplified rule of law.

Benny Tai, a co-founder of civil disobedience group Occupy Central, said rule of law will be upheld if the protesters are willing to shoulder their legal responsibilities.

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