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Hong Kong student leader Joshua

Wong arrested in Mong Kok clearance

By Andrew Stevens and Tim Hume, CNN-Wed November 26, 2014

Hong Kong (CNN) — Hong Kong student protest leaders
Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were among those arrested amid heated confrontations
as authorities attempted to clear demonstration camps in the Mong Kok district for a
second day.
Wong, the 18-year old founder of the secondary school activist group Scholarism, and
Shum, deputy secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, were
arrested after police and bailiffs moved to clear barricades on Nathan Road in the
bustling commercial area, a spokeswoman for the student federation told CNN.
By midday Wednesday, authorities had cleared barricades and tents from the longestablished protest camp.
READ: Who is Joshua Wong?

Prior to his arrest, Shum told CNN he urged protesters to remain on the streets until
the “last second.”

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"We will still conduct our civil disobedience action until the last second, until the
plaintiffs or the police arrest us," he said.
Bailiffs have been engaged to clear the Mong Kok protest camps in accordance with a
court order obtained by local business interests, following complaints that the protests
have disrupted life in parts of the city for nearly two months.
Police warned that anyone obstructing the bailiffs in their work would face charges of
contempt of court or obstructing an officer.
Some protesters were seen assisting authorities in dismantling shelters, as police
ordered demonstrators disperse and not to interrupt the clearance. Others were
tackled to the ground and detained by police during the clearance efforts.
Night of clashes
The police action followed a night of heated clashes between police and protesters,
after authorities attempted to clear another road in Mong Kok, Argyle Street, Tuesday.
As of 6am Wednesday morning Hong Kong time, 116 people had been arrested during
the confrontation in Mong Kok, according to Alice Tam of the Police Public Relations
Branch. Offenses included resisting police, illegal assembly, possession of weapons and
attacking police.
Twenty police officers were injured in clashes, said Tam.
Lawmaker and pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-hung, commonly known as “Long
Hair,” was among those arrested, his office confirmed.
Tuesday’s clearance effort began peacefully, with some protesters indicating their
intention to relocate to other protest camps peacefully. But events spiraled into
violence as crowd numbers swelled, with police dressed in riot gear spraying liquid
referred to by local media as “tear water” toward the crowd to drive them back.
Police warned protesters to retreat, displaying banners that read: “Stop charging, or we
use force.”
As the situation Tuesday night escalated, activists issued calls on social media for
reinforcements. The Hong Kong Federation of Students’ tweeted: “More support
urgently needed in Mong Kok! Bring helmets, (goggles), shields, umbrellas, towels and
be careful!”

As bailiffs announced their intention to clear the site Tuesday morning, protesters
joined in chants calling for universal suffrage and demanding the resignation of Hong
Kong’s chief executive, C.Y. Leung.
Prior to leaving on a trip to South Korea on Tuesday, Leung said he had confidence in
police to handle the situation in Mong Kok and said the government remained willing
to engage in dialogue on political reform.
Universal suffrage
Pro-democracy protesters have occupied camps in parts of the city for nearly two
months, and maintain a main protest site outside government buildings in Admiralty
on Hong Kong Island.
Calling for universal suffrage, they want to be able to nominate candidates for the
election of the city’s chief executive in 2017. Instead, China’s National People’s
Congress has said they’ll be able to vote only for candidates from a short list approved
by a pro-Beijing committee.
Currently, the chief executive is elected by a specially appointed 1,200-member
election committee.
At the peak of the protests in early October, tens of thousands of people were on the
streets at three locations. But numbers have dwindled as the protests have continued,
and recent local polling suggests support has dipped.
In a random survey of 513 people conducted by the University of Hong Kong, 83% said
pro-democracy protesters should cease their occupation of major roads in Hong Kong,
while just 13% said the protests should continue.
No plans to halt
Prior to his arrest, Shum told CNN there were no plans to give up the protests.
"The most urgent step is to revoke the August 31 NPC decision. The political reform
problem starts from there," he said, referring to the Chinese central government’s
controversial decision to impose vetting restrictions on who could run as a candidate
for Hong Kong’s top office.
"If the Chinese communist party refuses to, or the Hong Kong government does not
reflect how Hong Kong people think, we urge them to deny the political reform bill in

the Legislative Council and restart the whole political process again."
He said the decision on whether to remain on the streets and face violence or arrest
was each individual protester’s own to make.
"I believe it is a personal or individual decision, because everyone has different degrees
of consequences that they have to face alone," he said.
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