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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Photos from yesterday evening, as thousands of protesters continue to surround government headquarters in Admiralty. Overnight, Occupy Central announced that the sit-in demonstration would be brought forward to today.
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.