Date
15 December 2017
Protesters say they will spread the message of democracy to the community, especially the younger generation. Photo: HKEJ
Protesters say they will spread the message of democracy to the community, especially the younger generation. Photo: HKEJ

Protesters to police: We will be back

Protesters have less than 24 hours to leave the main streets in Admiralty but they have a message to the Hong Kong police: “We will be back”.

A court-ordered clearance will be carried out by the authorities from 9 a.m. Thursday.

Some protesters are planning to move out of the remaining protest area before the deadline and gather outside chain stores, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.

A 21-year-old law student, identified only as Siegfried, said protesters should not wait until the last minute.

“No one should remain and wait for the government to come after them,” he said.

“But we can show the government that we can occupy, leave and re-occupy a place whenever we want.”

The only thing that should stand when the police arrive is a banner proclaiming “We will be back”, he said.

A protester, surnamed Cheung, who has been cooking 30 meals each day for her fellow street occupiers, stayed overnight Tuesday as the countdown to the street clearing began.

She said she is prepared to stand her ground and face down the police. She has asked her daughter to help her apply for legal aid, if necessary.

Cheung, who lives on an outlying island, said she has taken part in nearly every demonstration, including the June 4 and July 1 protest marches and those against a government plan to develop northeast New Territories.

Another protester, surnamed Leung, said he will stand back when the police come but link up with other protesters in a human chain to fend off arrest.

He said some protesters are planning to occupy areas outside major stores. 

They could start the occupation in Mong Kok and spread to Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay and all 18 districts, he said.

“We will target big chain stores, not corner shops,” said another protester, identified only as Cherry, who vowed to remain in the Admiralty protest site until the last minute.

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Protesters unfurl a banner emblazoned with ‘I want genuine universal suffrage’ and ‘civil disobedience’. Photo: Bloomberg


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