Student protesters are being urged by their pro-democracy supporters to comply with an extended injunction from the Hong Kong High Court to vacate the streets.
The High Court issued the order Monday in favor of a transport group which claimed their business is being hurt by the continued occupation of major roads by the protesters.
Civic Party leader Alan Leong urged the protesters to abide by the law, saying the court “has made a clear decision”, public broadcaster RTHK reported Tuesday.
The government is expected to clear the protest sites in Mong Kok and Admiralty on Thursday or Friday.
The court ruling will be served on the protesters by bailiffs, backed by the police. They will be given time to voluntarily leave the premises.
Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho said the protesters are aware of the legal consequences of their actions and they “do not need a judge to tell them that”.
Earlier Tuesday, Mong Kok protesters were reported to have decided to obey the order but vowed to regroup while those in Admiralty said they will hold their ground.
The police are reportedly mobilizing 7,000 officers for any forcible clear-out. Officers have been ordered to be on standby and cancel any weekend plans, the report said.
Policemen will make arrests and use minimum force to disperse any remaining protesters, the report said, citing an unnamed official.
Any court cases involving protesters will be filed promptly, it said.
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