HONG KONG: ‘ PROTEST LEADERS IN MOK KOK ARRESTED AS POLICE CLEAR AREA ‘

#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – Nov.26 – Student protest organizers were reportedly arrested in Hong Kong on Wednesday, as police cleared out a protest site in Mong Kok district, according to student groups’ Facebook pages.

' PROTESTER LEADERS IN MOK KOK ARRESTED '

‘ PROTESTER LEADERS IN MOK KOK ARRESTED ‘

Protest leaders Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were taken into custody.

The news came as Hong Kong police cleared out barricades and tents from Mong Kok district – the site of pro-democracy rallies – Reuters cited witnesses as saying.

After three hours, police were able to get traffic flowing along Nathan Road, which had been blocked since September.

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HONG KONG: ‘ PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS TAKE AN VIOLENT TURN IN MOK KOK AREA ‘

#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – October 20 – Pro-democracy protests took a violent turn in Hong Kong early Sunday morning, as police officers clashed with demonstrators in the territory’s Mong Kok neighbourhood.

Riot police clash with pro-democracy protesters at the Mong Kok shopping district of Hong Kong on October 19. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Riot police clash with pro-democracy protesters at the Mong Kok shopping district of Hong Kong on October 19. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

The scuffles, which caused at least three injuries, occurred amid news that Hong Kong’s government plans to meet with student leaders on Tuesday in an effort to resolve the crisis.

Mong Kok’s role as a separate front in the protest movement, however, will complicate efforts at a resolution.

The neighbourhood, located in Hong Kong’s Kowloon district, is a densely populated, working-class area where residents living cheek-by-jowl mingle with shoppers drawn to Nathan Road’s famous retail area.

“Mong Kok is very self-organized; it’s a real people’s movement.”

Previous protests, by contrast, have occurred in Admiralty, a neighbourhood on Hong Kong Island.

Hong Kong Island encompasses the city’s most elegant commercial streets and its main government buildings.

Protests there, while spirited, have been more orderly than those on Mong Kok, where a lack of sophisticated crowd-control infrastructure has exacerbated the chaos.

In Admiralty, groups like Occupy Central for Peace and Love and the Hong Kong Federation of Students are representatives of the students. The protests in Mong Kok, by contrast, have been more spontaneous, and appear to ebb and flow based less on political developments than on behavior by the police.

Trey Menefee, a professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, who described this contrast in great detail in a recent blog post, told me that “Mong Kok is very self-organized; it’s a real people’s movement. There isn’t a representative with whom the government can negotiate.”

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HONG KONG: ‘ DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE AS POLICE AND PROTESTERS CLASHES ‘

#AceWorldNews- HONG KONG – October 18 – A total of 26 arrests have been made and at least 15 police officers injured in scuffles with a crowd of about 9,000 people on Saturday, Hong Kong police said in a statement, according to an AFP report.

Dozens of arrests in new wave of demos in Hong Kong – police

Dozens of arrests in new wave of demos in Hong Kong – police

Using batons and pepper spray, riot police clashed with protesters who were trying to reoccupy a demonstrator’s camp in Mongkok district.

This development puts at risk planned talks between protest leaders and city authorities, aimed at stopping the weeks-long demonstrations of tens of thousands of people, who are calling for free elections and independency from China.

Source: RT – AFP – AP 

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HONG KONG: ‘ Police Armed with Pepper Sprays and Batons Clash with Pro-Democracy Protesters ‘

#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – October 05 – Police armed with pepper spray and batons clashed with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, as fears grew Sunday that officials would use force to clear key streets by the beginning of the work week.

Large crowds of protesters scuffled with police overnight in the blue-collar Mong Kok district in Kowloon, a flashpoint that has seen violent clashes between pro-democracy student protesters and their antagonists over the weekend.

' People injured by Pepper Spray '

‘ People injured by Pepper Spray ‘

Tens of thousands of people, many of them students, have poured into the city’s streets in the past week to peacefully protest China’s restrictions on the election for the city’s top leader. But as the stand-off between the protesters and the government entered its eighth day, tempers flared and patience was waning among residents who oppose the occupation of the streets and the disruption it brings.

Police said they had to disperse the crowds with force early Sunday because they provoked officers with verbal abuse, while the students accuse police of failing to protect them from attacks by mobs intent on driving them away.

The students claim that police had allied with criminal gangs to clear them, but the government has vehemently denied it.

The city’s top leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, appeared on television Saturday evening to once again urge everyone to go home, saying key roads paralyzed by protesters need to return to normal by Monday.

HONG KONG (AP) – The story of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong’s top leader, is the type of rags-to-riches tale that is generally admired in this commercially-minded city. But Leung is deeply unpopular, thanks mainly to his long-standing ties with mainland China.

Beijing’s burgeoning influence in this former British colony is a key factor driving protests that have paralyzed parts of this dynamic city and brought on some of the worst confrontations in decades.

Anger toward Beijing is not shared by all in Hong Kong, and the scuffles that began Friday between protesters and people trying to force them off the streets reflect widening rifts within this city of 7 million.

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HONG KONG: ‘ Midnight Deadline Reached as Mass Demonstrations Break-Out and Police and Protesters Clash ‘

#AceNewsServices – HONG KONG – October 03 – Scuffles between protesters and groups supporting Beijing broke out in a key Hong Kong shopping district on Friday, Reuters said. More than 50 police were sent to Mong Kok, just north of the Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district on the Kowloon side of the harbour, to form a human chain between the groups.

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‘ More than 50 Police were sent to Mong Kok, just north of the Tsim Sha Tsui Shopping District ‘

Several people were reportedly injured. Mong Kok is popular with tourists from mainland China. Meanwhile, the People’s Daily, the newspaper of China’s Communist party, said Friday that authorities will not make concessions to protesters in Hong Kong and that their cause is “doomed to fail.”

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‘Protesters in Hong Kong scuffled with Police outside Government Headquarters on Friday ‘

Protesters in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters on Friday, despite an 11th-hour agreement for talks, AFP reported.

Most overnight demonstrators had gone home by Friday morning, but around 100 remained outside the government complex, while parts of the city have remained at a standstill for five days.

Demonstrators had set a midnight Thursday ultimatum for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to resign and for Beijing to stop vetting candidates who want to stand for the chief executive’s job in 2017 elections.

Sources: AFP – RT – People’s Daily – Reuters   

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