18 July 2019
Students will soon decide whether to upgrade the protest or to retreat, Tommy Cheung says. Photo: HKEJ
Students will soon decide whether to upgrade the protest or to retreat, Tommy Cheung says. Photo: HKEJ

Student protesters to decide on next step soon

Student activists facing the clearance of an Occupy protest site in Mong Kok say they intend to decide the future direction for the protests within a few days.

Parts of the site are expected to be cleared soon as the result of a court injunction, after another protest area outside Citic Tower in Admiralty was cleared last week under a separate court order.

Tommy Cheung Sau-yin, a member of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), said students will decide “whether to upgrade the protest or retreat from it” within a few days and are discussing with various parties how to bring the protest to the community, Ming Pao Daily reported.

However, Cheung denied they would surrender themselves, which would not be “a decent excuse” for retreating from the campaign, the report said.

“We will decide upon the next step and announce that as soon as possible,” he said.

Cheung said the students have varied views on the future direction of the movement: “Some said we should raise the level of the protests, while others suggested we should leave or adjust the area covered by the protests.”

However, the student activist group has yet to finalize its decision, he said, and “we cannot guarantee our decision will lead most protesters to leave the streets”. 

Cheung said HKFS members would stay at the sites and communicate with protesters about which specific areas were to be cleared, RTHK reported.

Bailiffs and lawyers posted more than 20 copies of the notice of the injunction at 10 different locations in Mong Kok on Monday. The order requires the removal of barricades erected by the pro-democracy protesters in parts of Argyle Street and Nathan Road.

Phyllis Kwong, the lawyer representing a taxi drivers’ group, said the bailiffs, accompanied by armed police officers,   encountered no resistance from the protesters at the site.

The protesters are required to remove the barricades before Tuesday afternoon. They will be arrested for contempt of court if they try to block efforts by bailiffs to clear the site.

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