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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.
Superintendent Steven Tate told Hong Wrong that the police have “no plans” to move the remaining demonstrators. Around 100-200 remained on site at 11am this morning.
Some onlookers heckled and lashed out at the remaining protesters. Other bystanders voiced support for them.
There was little resistance in the early hours, though there were reports of some injuries. Activist and citizen journalist James Bang was amongst those hurt.
Bamboo barricades were replaced with police barricades as tents, shrines, posters and pallets were removed.
At around 10am, tents and supplies began to reappear as the remaining protesters sat down in front of the police front line. Many pledged to remain.
Yesterday, CY Leung indicated that protest camp clearances would continue but demonstrators would be allowed to remain.
Mong Kok protest leader Wong Yeung Tat of Civic Passion appealed for more protesters to join the camp.
By mid-morning, police and protesters were outnumbered by curious onlookers.
89-year-old ex-baker Mr Wong (left) sat on a chair in front of police lines.
Jewellery shops began to reopen as normal.
Mong Kok’s famous street ping-pong table was scooped up by a crane truck.
Traffic flow on Argyle Street and northbound on Nathan Road has been restored.
The remaining occupation camp stretches from Shantung Street to Argyle Street on Nathan Road, though police barricades stretch as far south as Dundas Street.
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) October 17, 2014
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