Date
26 September 2017
Student leader Joshua Wong (L) has alleged that authorities were trying to widen the scope of a court injunction against street barricades near Citic Tower in Admiralty district. Photo: RTHK
Student leader Joshua Wong (L) has alleged that authorities were trying to widen the scope of a court injunction against street barricades near Citic Tower in Admiralty district. Photo: RTHK

Court order mustn’t be misused to clear wider area: Joshua Wong

Bailiffs enforcing a street clearance order at Citic Tower in Admiralty don’t have the right to remove all the barricades on Tim Mei Avenue as the court injunction only allowed them to clear the pathways to the exits of the building, said Joshua Wong Chi-fung, convenor of the Scholarism student group.

Occupy protesters would cooperate with the bailiffs only if the latter confine the clearance action to the roads leading to the car park of the commercial building, Wong said, according to RTHK.

If the bailiffs seek to widen the clearance area, it would mean that they are carrying out some hidden political missions, the student leader was quoted as saying. 

About 30 court bailiffs arrived at Citic Tower in the morning Tuesday to enforce an injunction against street barricades outside the building. 

They read the court injunction to protesters on the scene, and announced that the clearance action will start at 10 am. Protesters were urged to pack their stuff and leave the site, with the bailiffs warning the students that they would face legal consequences if they resist the court injunction.

Soon, workers employed by Citic Tower started clearing barricades at Lung Wui Road. They did not meet with any resistance from the protesters.

However, the bailiffs were later surrounded by protesters near the Legislative Council building, at around 11 am. They were then asked by Wong and other Scholarism members to explain the scope of the injunction.

“The barricades put up by Scholarism did not block the entry to Citic Tower, but bailiffs insisted on removing them,” Wong said. “I doubt whether there is any political consideration behind the move.”

After negotiation, both sides agreed that the court injunction applies only to the area outside Citic Tower. And protesters moved their barricades back by 2 to 3 meters, according to the report.

The clearance action was finished in a few hours, and traffic resumed on the road opposite Citic tower at around 2:30 pm.

A group of students from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology packed their personal belongings at 8 am, and left the site after bailiffs arrived.

“We won’t resist the court injunction. We will retreat first, and consider the next step,” a student said.

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