Date
18 December 2017
A student body is considering ending the street occupation despite failing to achieve its goal in the Hong Kong pro-democracy campaign. Photo: AFP
A student body is considering ending the street occupation despite failing to achieve its goal in the Hong Kong pro-democracy campaign. Photo: AFP

Student federation to decide on Occupy retreat in a week

The Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), one of main groups behind the pro-democracy protests in the city, will decide within a week whether to end their street occupation, a spokeswoman said.

Yvonne Leung Lai-kwok, a core member of the federation, said the student body has realized from its earlier action at the government headquarters that it is impossible to prevent violent response from the police, who are seeking to end the civil disobedience that began more than two months ago.

“The federation respects those who decided to stay in the occupied areas in Admiralty and Causeway Bay until the police comes to clear the place,” Leung said, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

“Yet, we have to think about the meaning of such stay,” she said, in comments that mark the first time the HKFS has openly voiced thoughts about a retreat.

Sources told the Economic Journal that the police plan to hold meetings with court bailiffs early next week to implement a clearance order at the main protest site in Admiralty, as the High Court is expected to reject Friday an appeal to reconsider its earlier ruling for an end to the street blockade.

The police will clear the occupied site next Wednesday and stand guard in the area to prevent protesters from retaking the roads, the report said.

Scholarism leader Joshua Wong and his fellow student group members, meanwhile, are insisting that pressure must be put on the government to reinitiate talks with pro-democracy campaigners. Wong and some other Scholarism members began a hunger strike earlier this week towards this end.

Joseph Sung Jao-yiu, vice chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has urged students to end the campaign in view of health concerns. He urged the youth to return to classes.

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