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.
Videos from day one of Occupy Central.
In one of the day’s most shocking clips, police are shown pepper spraying an elderly protester at point blank range – via James Griffiths:
The following video went viral and is currently trending on the front page of Reddit:
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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.
Originally, the occupation demo was set to start this coming Wednesday, a public holiday.
Hundreds of protesters are expected to join rallies in nine foreign cities today in support of Hong Kong’s democracy movement, organisers say.
Demonstrations in Canada, the US, Bosnia and Britain are being planned as part of a wider global solidarity movement involving petitions, marches and “Yellow Ribbon Days” in favour of universal suffrage for Hong Kong.
The international events are taking place after a week-long pro-democracy student strike in Hong Kong and ahead of a series of sit-in protests organised by pro-democracy group Occupy Central. Dozens of students remain gathered at government headquarters where protest leader Joshua Wong was arrested last night.
Student protest leader Joshua Wong has been arrested along with four other demonstrators at government headquarters, according to organisers.
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- Taxicom Vehicle Owners Association – 2529 8822
- Chuen Lee RadioTaxi Association – 2398 1881
- Hong Kong Taxicab Call Centre – 2186 6866
- City Taxi O.D. Association Co. Ltd – 2343 3189
- Fraternity Taxi Owners Association – 2527 6324
- Royal Motors Taxi Company – 2571 2929
- Happy Taxi Operator’s Association – 2728 8282
- Hong Kong & Kowloon Radio Car Owners Association – 2760 0455
- Hong Kong & Kowloon Rich Radio – 2729 1199
- Hong Kong Kowloon Taxi & Lorry Owners Association – 2572 0097
- Pak Kai Taxi Owners Association – 2728 2281
- Abbo Taxi Owners Association – 2383 0168
- Rights of Taxi (Si Hai) Telecommunication Center – 2332 2571
- Sha Tin Taxi Service Association – 2332 2571
- The Kowloon Taxi Owners Association – 2760 0411
- The Taxi Operators Association – 2362 2337
- United Friendship Taxi Owners & Drivers Association – 2760 0477
- United Radio Taxi & Goods Vehicle Association – 2332 2477
- Wai Fat Taxi Owners Association – 2861 1008
- Wai Yik H.K. & Kln. & N.T. Taxi Owners Association – 2776 7885
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