「學聯」副秘書長岑敖暉（Lester Shum）和「學民思潮」召集人黃之鋒（Joshua Wong）不滿香港特首梁振英迴避政治問題，要求解釋執法的範圍。
Mong Kok Clearance, Arrests of 159 Protesters and Student Leaders
On Nov.26, police conducted a clearing of occupied
sites to implement a temporary injunction.
In two days, 159 people have been arrested, including deputy
secretary general of Hong Kong Federation of Students
Lester Shum and Scholarism leader Joshua Wong.
Joshua Wong was released on bail on the 27th.
Analysts believe that HK Government is still dragging its feet
and the Occupy Central will continue for some time yet.
Mong Kok traffic was restored on the 27th for the first time
since Occupy Central took place two months ago.
Police are deployed at the intersections to prevent protesters
Everything seems to have returned to how it was two months
ago, other than the slogans “I want real universal suffrage" still
remaining on the traffic light polls.
Are the Hong Kong people pleased?
IT worker, John Kwok: “I’m not quite happy, because I think
it should have been cleared, the road, but not in that way."
Even residents who helped to clean up the streets are not happy
with the ‘way’ the police cleared the sites.
At 8:00 am on the 26th, the injunction applicant, lawyers on
behalf of the taxi organizations and bailiff,
announced the start of implementation of the injunction
on Nathan Street.
Student leaders Lester Shum and Joshua Wong are not pleased
with how Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has
avoided the political issues.
They demanded an explanation of scope to the
law of enforcement.
Lester Shum: “Now the Government or people of Hong
Kong, are faced with such an irresolvable crisis
of governance and political issues,
we hope Leung Chun-ying stops hiding behind
the bailiffs and the court.
Come to Mong Kok and face the people.
Face the political crisis you have created."
Joshua Wong: “Is each of us considered an obstacle to be
cleared? He did not explain.
Will they clear streets that have nothing to do with the injunction,
like what they did in Portland Street yesterday?
The police did not make it clear."
At 10 am, more than 100 people wearing red caps, suspected
as anti-protesters, were at the scene to clear the street.
Hundreds of police were guarding the site.
Soon after, the red caps started arguing with the protesters.
The bailiff requested assistance from police.
After some warning, the police immediately took over the sites
and removed obstacles.
Some protesters were arrested, including Lester Shum,
Joshua Wong, and the League of Social Democrats’
Leung Kwok-hung and Raphael Wong.
Within two hours, Nathan Street was completely cleared
of the occupation.
But in the evening, many people joined the protesters after work.
Protesters: “I want real universal suffrage!"
People gathered at the Banking Center near MTR station.
Police immediately started to arrest and disperse protesters
with batons and tear gas. The chaos lasted until midnight.
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reported that in two days,
the police had arrested 159 people in Mong Kok.
The Federation issued a statement condemning the clearance
in Mong Kok.
Scholarism spokesman Oscar Lai said in a radio program,
that the police have been discriminating against student leaders
in the clearance incident.
Alliance for True Democracy convener, Professor of Political
Science, City University of Hong Kong, Joseph Cheng,
does not believe the arrest of student leaders would have much
impact on the movement.
Professor Joseph Cheng: “I believe the effect of the student
leaders being arrested has little effect.
First, they should be released within a day or two and then
they will go to court.
Second, in this conflict, we have all expected that someone
would be arrested.
The student leaders who joined the protest movement at the scene,
are in fact also mentally prepared.
The society has the expectation too."
Professor Joseph Cheng believes that the government is still
dragging its heels in order to create conflict within the
Occupy Central movement amongst residents.
But the movement will continue for some time to come.
Joseph Cheng: “The Mong Kok has been cleared, but not the
Admiralty or Causeway.
There is no sign of deployment of clearance there.
The situation in Admiralty should be able to last for
a fairly long time, unless people voluntarily leave.
Of course, no one has any such intentions."
Joshua Wong was released on bail in the afternoon on the 27th,
but is required to stay away from certain areas of Mong Kok,
the case was adjourned until January next year.
The Federation and Scholarism have no plan
to exit the movement.
The Pan-Democracy Camp don’t plan to resign collectively
to initiate a referendum in disguise.
Will HK Government use this clearance in Mong Kok to test
the water temperature for clearance of Admiralty
before Christmas? It is yet remained to be seen.
Interview & Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/Li Anan