PHOTOGRAPHY – Full Lowdown: Shots from ‘Occupy National Day’ Yesterday

Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators remained overnight at four separate Occupy Central sites in Hong Kong yesterday. 

Police have kept a low profile since deploying tear gas and pepper spray on Sunday upon unarmed demonstrators. Students have been left to enact their own crowd control measures, with lanes, direction signs and makeshift bridges constructed across road barriers.

PHOTOGRAPHY – Occupy Central: Photo Story from the Eye of the Storm Part 1/2

Photos from the eye of the storm – government headquarters in Tamar – as day one of Occupy Central unfolded. See part two here.

By Sunday morning, momentum gained from the week-long student strike was fading. The students that remained continued to reinforce barricades they had erected around the roads leading to LegCo. Others faced police in front of Civic Square, which had been cleared after students occupied the closed forecourt.

First aiders, some of them medical students, were prepared.

LIVE – Occupy Central Live: Updates & Video 4

The Occupy Central sit-in protest is continuing. Scroll down for a live video stream or view editor Tom Grundy’s stream directly on Twitter.

If the stream is down, try the SocRec live feed.

NEWS – Surprise Announcement as Organisers Bring Occupy Central Forward to Sunday

Update: LIVE updates & video stream here.

In a surprise announcement, Occupy Central organisers have said that the first pro-democracy sit-in protest will now begin today. Conveners Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, and Chan Kin-man have addressed protesters at LegCo, declaring that “the banquet” will start on Sunday in Admiralty.

Tai says the decision is due to “the very enthusiastic participation of Hong Kong citizens” as thousands of demonstrators continue to surround government headquarters at Tamar.

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Originally, the occupation demo was set to start this coming Wednesday, a public holiday.

Occupy Central Press Release, 28.9.14