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There were scuffles and brawls in Mong Kok last night as police deployed pepper spray and batons against pro-democracy protesters. Police say 9000 demonstrators were present. See SCMP.com or @tomgrundy on Twitter to see how the night unfolded.
A Hong Wrong/Huffington Post cross-post. Follow @TomGrundy on Twitter for continuing updates.
Hundreds of police officers, many in riot gear, swooped into the Mong Kok Occupy encampment in the early hours of this morning.
Police and street cleaners removed barricades and tents, leaving protesters restricted to a smaller area of Nathan Rd on the southbound side only.
A HongWrong.com / Huffington Post cross-feature.
At around 9:40pm last night, a small group of Umbrella Movement activists dragged metal barriers on to Lung Wo Road at the rear of government headquarters. The area near the main Occupy camp was previously open to traffic. But after some debate, a small group of demonstrators moved in to block the road.
With fewer than a dozen police officers on the scene, pro-democracy protesters reinforced barriers on the eastbound side of Lung Wo Road with cable ties. The move came after police cleared an area of barricades at the southern end of the main protest site earlier in the day.
Hundreds of anti-Occupy Central activists descended upon Admiralty this afternoon as police struggled to maintain order.
In the early hours of the morning, police removed some of the protester’s barriers in Central in an effort to “relieve traffic congestion.” Blockades were taken down in 27 locations around Mong Kok and Admiralty.
Anonymous masked men who won't say who they are or who they represent have twice flanked police + circled around them pic.twitter.com/9I07DQOGbe
— Ed Flanagan (@edmundflanagan) October 13, 2014
A special Hong Wrong/Huffington Post cross-feature.
“It’s made in China so we don’t trust it would even blow up properly.”
Sirius Lee (his real name) has few concerns over the safety of the crude-looking, 40-socket USB charger he purchased for HK$500 from the mainland. The contraption sits in a mesh of cables at a mall near the main Occupy Central protest camp in Admiralty. Over the past week, over 2,000 people have entrusted their phones and tablets to 22-year-old Lee and his team of 30 friends, who man the “Recharge Corner” in shifts.
Should the police move in, Lee’s team can escape rapidly into the metro system after pulling down an “emergency sign” that tells people who to contact to retrieve their phones.
Smartphone-addicted Hong Kongers at the protest camp are so grateful for the free service, they have given food and chocolates to the team. The only hostility they have experienced so far is from an anti-Occupy Central activist, wearing a facemask, who emerged from the metro and began heckling them. But Lee was prepared. “We sang the Happy Birthday song… It is one of our strategies to confuse those people!” he said. It worked. The baffled agitator left in embarrassment.
Part two. See part one here.
Trouble-makers and Occupy Central protesters requesting to leave were escorted away from the site. Counter-protesters jeered and lashed out at them. On one occasion, police removed a rowdy anti-Occupy protester, placing him back on the front lines moments later.
For full galleries, see Hong Wrong on Global Post or Vocativ. This is part one, part two here.