Several thousand protesters flocked to Tamar Park in Admiralty district at around 9 pm Sunday after the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) and the Scholarism group called on people to surround the government headquarters.
Protesters wearing helmets and goggles reoccupied both the westbound and eastbound routes of Lung Wo Road at about 10 pm, Ming Pao Daily News reported. Police cleared out Lung Wo Road at about 1:50 am on Monday, with protesters forced off to an area near the Ferris Wheel.
A police spokesperson condemned the protesters for illegal occupation and road blockades, and said there must be an end to irresponsible behavior.
Several people were reportedly injured during clashes with the police. Eighteen men and two females were arrested, including League of Social Democrats vice chairman Avery Ng.
HKFS secretary-general Alex Chow said at a press meeting at 1 am that the operation was intended to paralyze government operations. All the participants adhered to the principle of non-violence, he said.
The National People’s Congress must withdraw its decision on the 2017 chief executive election and the Hong Kong government must restart the political reform process, the student leader said.
Authorities were said to have deployed as many as 4,500 police officers to handle the situation last night.
The HKFS announced the operation as early as Friday, calling on supporters to gather at Admiralty and to come equipped with protective gear and food.
Due to the latest incidents, the government headquarters announced early Monday that all visit activities scheduled for the morning will be canceled, while the Legislative Council secretariat also canceled all morning meetings.
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