The protests in Hong Kong have continued into its sixth day with little progress being achieved by the pro-democracy camp or authorities at the moment. Following another night of tension outside the government headquarters with Leung Chun-ying refusing to resign, the police warned that 'appropriate force' would be used in the event of an escalation. The main protest groups comprising of Occupy Central, the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism promised to improve their working relations. Overnight, university vice chancellors Peter Matheison from Hong Kong University and Professor Joseph Sung from Chinese University spoke to students at the main protest site in Admiralty, commending them for their courage and reminding them to keep the protest peaceful. Around mid-night, Leung Chun-ying announced that chief secretary Carrie Lam would lead a delegation of senior officials to meet with certain student leaders. Police attempts to move supplies into Tamar Park through the protest zone were blocked by protesters whom demanded to inspect the vehicle.
Anti-Occupy sentiment is also forming and spilling out onto the streets around the protest area. Some residents, business owners and anti-Occupy protesters have had clashes with protesters in Mongkok, Causeway Bay and Admiralty. Chinese media in Beijing continue to report that the central government would not back down. As morning came, it was apparent that the Occupy protest crowd had dramatically reduced in size with less than 100 protests remaining in some areas. Many government workers are upset at the inability to go to work with the government headquarters closed. During the morning rain in Hong Kong left many police guarding barricades in the wet while Benny Tai continued to urge protesters to maintain the spirit of the movement as well as denying that the protest has become out of control.
Discontent with the protests has been more visible over the past two days, with fights and arguments between protesters and anti-Occupy groups. Police particularly in Mongkok have struggled to separate the opposing groups with anti-Occupy protesters dismantling tents and barricades as well as hurling abuse at pro-democracy supporters. Clashes continue throughout the afternoon despite many protesters taking cover under footbridges and tents away from the rain. By the late afternoon, a few of the barricades have been forcibly removed by pro-Beijing and anti-Occupy protesters. Anonymous hackers have also announced that the websites of a pro-Beijing political party the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) has been downed.
Violence is escalating at protest sites around Mongkok with anti-Occupy protesters wearing masks and some shouting insults in Mandarin at protesters. As night falls, both supporters of the Occupy and pro-democracy movement have increased along with some anti-Occupy protesters. There have been calls from pro-democracy protest organisers and the Hong Kong government for demonstrators to clear the Mongkok area. The Hong Kong government has maintained that the police action are politically neutral. Reports have also emerged of gangs and some anti-Occupy protesters being paid to attack students as well as disrupt pro-democracy occupation zones.
Update at 3 October 2014 as at 9pm
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