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.
Benny Tai called upon Beijing to its constitutional reform plan for Hong Kong. He also demanded that the Hong Kong government restart the process of reform again, reflecting the will of Hong Kongers.
Organisers say 60,000 were present at Tamar yesterday.
Meanwhile, student protest leader Joshua Wong remains in police detention. His parents have called for his release:
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