Protest numbers in the three main areas of Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mongkok have dwindled over the past 24 hours with many protesters opting to leave due to safety concerns. Some sections of the protest zones held a vote to un-Occupy the areas whilst others remained determined and continued to spend the night on the streets. Calls to occupy Queenway and the Legislative Council chambers from a member of the radical People's Party have been largely ignored. Alex Chow, the Federation of Students secretary has confirmed that preparations are being made in advance of a meeting with Carrie Lam and government representatives. Many academics from universities across Hong Kong have urged the government to respond to student's requests with genuine action. Overnight, most of the several hundred remaining protesters slept as the risk of a police clearance became unlikely for another day.
By morning a new three metre statue of a person holding an umbrella was erected in Admiralty similar to the Goddess of Democracy in Tamar. The MTR and government encouraged commuters to allow for additional travel times in the morning as many people return to school and work. Protesters in Mongkok also had a night of relative calm with minimal incidents or clashes. John Tsang, the chief financial secretary in the Hong Kong government released a statement saying that the authorities had not imagined or physiologically prepared for such a large protest. Traffic congestion in the morning was heavier than usual with many bus routes being diverted around the Occupy protest sites. Government workers were able to make their way into the Central Government Headquarters with protesters removing most barricades on the footbridges. Several trucks marked food and water made it into the government complex without being blocked by protesters.
In Mongkok, Occupy protesters confronted police over the release of a driver trying to remove barricades on Nathan Road. Around lunchtime, Alex Chow declared that the 'ball was in the government's court' citing that the government response will determine the next course of student action and furthered that the government's threats for police to use violence to clear the protest was unreasonable as the protests were peaceful. At the government complex, a number of staff were seen to be wearing yellow ribbons in support of the student protesters. As evening approaches, the protest in Mongkok numbers about 300 with slight increases as some workers finish their shifts. The Education Bureau has announced that all schools that have not already returned to classes today except for kindergartens near Wan Chai will resume tomorrow. Police have also confirmed that an auxiliary police officer participating int he protest will be suspended from all duties. So far there have been 37 arrests in Mongkok and 275 complaints of police inaction relating to clashes between protesters and anti-Occupy groups.
Updated: 6 October 2014 at 7pm
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