Date
15 December 2017
Major roads in Admiralty and Mong Kok remain occupied on the 46th day of the street protests. Photos: HKEJ
Major roads in Admiralty and Mong Kok remain occupied on the 46th day of the street protests. Photos: HKEJ

Occupy Central leaders to surrender but HKFS to risk arrest

Civil disobedience leaders plan to surrender to the Hong Kong police as planned, but the exact date is yet to be determined.

Occupy Central co-founders Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man and Chu Yiu-ming are considering turning themselves in on Nov. 21, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

However, the date is yet to be confirmed with the Hong Kong Federation of Students and student activist group Scholarism which are leading the ongoing street protests.

The trio said they will take responsibility for any breach of the law but the move is not a retreat from the pro-democracy campaign.

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.

Police and justice officials are expected to discuss a street-clearing operation which could take place as soon as Wednesday or this weekend at the latest, according to reports.

The operation coincides with the launch of cross-border stock trading on Monday.

The three protest figures decided on an early surrender to show their willingness to face the consequences of their actions and preempt the government from taking credit for it.

HKFS leaders are having reservations about a voluntary surrender.

Deputy secretary general Lester Shum said they will risk arrest as a matter of principle and are ready to face the law.

Arrest is preferable to surrender if the protesters want to send a message to the government and the public, some pan-democrat lawmakers were quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, the student groups and Occupy Central held a three-hour meeting with pan-democrat legislators on Tuesday to decide whether they should go ahead with a mass walkout to force a by-election.

No consensus was reached and another meeting was set for Nov. 20, the report said.

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