Date
12 December 2017
Student leaders Joshua Wong (left) and Lester Shum were arrested in Mong Kok on Wednesday morning. Photo: HKEJ
Student leaders Joshua Wong (left) and Lester Shum were arrested in Mong Kok on Wednesday morning. Photo: HKEJ

Joshua Wong, Lester Shum arrested in Mong Kok

Two key student leaders have been arrested as Hong Kong authorities continue to remove barricades from a protest site in Mong Kok district for a second day.

Joshua Wong, convenor and founder of student activist group Scholarism, and Lester Shum, deputy secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), were arrested during a police operation in Mong Kok on Wednesday, according to a post on the HKFS Facebook page.

Also held was HKFS standing committee member Jason Szeto. 

The street clearance, carried out by bailiffs armed with a court injunction and supported by hundreds of riot police, is continuing after clashes broke out overnight Tuesday.

In that operation, police used pepper spray against unruly crowds and made arrests for the first time since the street protests began nearly two months ago.

Argyle Street, a key artery in the Mong Kok protest site, reopened to vehicular traffic on Tuesday afternoon.    

By Wednesday morning, Dandas Street had been cleared.

Police chief Andy Tsang said 116 people have been arrested, Apple Daily reported.

Wong, Shum and Szeto were arrested shortly after police moved on protesters in Nathan Road.   

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Police remove barricades in Nathan Road on Day 2 of the street clearance. Photo: RTHK


A policeman holds down a protester while a colleague offers help.


Some protesters scuffle with riot police while others press into the crowd. Photo: RTHK


Police push forward in Nathan Road from Argyle Street to Dandas Street, both of which have now been cleared. Photo: RTHK


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