Pro-democracy demonstrations deemed “illegal”

Announced today via the Hong Kong government’s official website, a press release stated that police will assist bailiffs in enforcing an injunction that will see protestors abolished from their demonstrating areas. The action is said to clear student protesters of the Umbrella Movement 

The press release issued via the Hong Kong governments official website stated protesters will be removed from the Citic Tower area in the Admiralty district.

Any attempts to resist bailiffs may render protesters liable to contempt of court, a criminal charge punishable by sentencing.

A survey conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong between 5 November – 11 November states over two thirds of Hong Kong people think pro democracy demonstrators who’ve occupied the streets should come off the streets.

Of those surveyed, 43.5 per cent said they opposed the movement, meaning an increasing 10 per cent neglected the actions of pro-democracy campaigners from October. 40 per cent stated the government response was inadequate and 49 per cent voiced that the government needed to make modifications.      

The president of China, Xi Jipping denounced Hong Kong protests “illegal”, insisting, “law and order must be maintained”. At the end of a conference with US president Barack Obama in Beijing, the leader made it clear that Chinese authorities tolerance towards the actions of protesters had come to an end.

In an attempt to suppress the actions of protesters, China has stopped three main leaders of the democracy movement from travelling to Beijing where they were hopeful of raising their concerns with officials. Nathan Law, Eason Chung and Alex Chow were met by staff at Hong Kong’s airport having their travel permits cancelled and refused boarding passes for their flight to the mainland. 

Plans to occupy the surrounding area of the British Consulate in Hong Kong have been put forward to demonstrate campaigners anger at Britain’s lack of support over the few months. Hong Kong students have also expressed how Britain has failed to address Chinese officials when breaching terms of their governmental agreement made back in 1997.

Hong Kongers enjoy rights not seen on the mainland, including freedom of expression and assembly under the system of “one country two nations”. Activists say a policy “white paper”, published in June by Chinese cabinet, backtracked on the joint declaration of “one country two systems” by warning residents not to overstep the rights of their autonomy. Protests continue.

Pictures: Pasu Au Yeung

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