Reaction to the government's decision to cancel talks with students, protesters have started to return to the Occupy zones with on-street debates about the future of Hong Kong's political system. The Beijing liason office's website in Hong Kong has also been reportedly hacked overnight as a result of the government's decision to cancel talks. Once again it remained peaceful on the streets and police did not clear the sites. Traffic remains a major problem as a result of the barricaded roads with bus diversions and the MTR expecting an increase in patronage.
German president Joachim Gauck whom set to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang tomorrow, praised Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters for overcoming "their fear of their oppressors because their longing for freedom was greater". During the morning, two Executive Councillors shed more light on why plans for an election reform dialogue today between the government and protesters broke down. The Councillors have cited that pan-democratic politicians whom support the Occupy protests have attempted to block government proposals and obstruct government business. In response to the developments, Scholarism called on protesters today to occupy "every inch of the streets" with tents and blankets, and create one big "Umbrella Square". The daughter of Hong Kong's chief executive has also threatened to take legal action against media outlets whom have criticised her recent Facebook postings.
International movie star and martial arts performer Jackie Chan has called on Hongkongers to 'love the country' and also expressed concern regarding the economic implications of the protests. Both pro-government and pro-democratic politicians in the Hong Kong Legislative Council had demanded investigations into both sides of the current protests. Five government advisers working on environment policy quit today to protest both CY Leung's and the police's response to Occupy. By afternoon, the Federation of Students warned the government that they would “escalate” their action if officials refused to come to the negotiating table with acceptable terms.
Student leader Alex Chow has indicated that it the government was to reopen Civic Square then it would attempt to ask the protesters to retreat. He also suggested that he was optimistic about the civil disobedience movement lasting for a long time, as "further procrastination of dialogues would force more people" to come out to the streets. In the Legislative Council, there is continuing debate into whether a formal investigation into the backgrounds and funding of the Occupy Movement. The proposal will still need to be formally voted upon later this month in order for it to officially proceed.
Nearly 150 scholars and academics from Hong Kong's universities and tertiary education institutions have signed a petition asking the government to resume an “open and honest” dialogue with students over political reform. Police are investigating the assault of an Occupy steward outside Admiralty station as several annoyed people have shouted at protesters in Causeway Bay urging them to demonstrate only at Admiralty. Traffic authorities have reported that congestion is worsening each day as the protest continues to block roads. Trams to Happy Valley are set to resume once an agreement has been reached with the protesters. By night there are about a hundred protesters on the streets of Causeway Bay watching a live broadcast of a police press conference from a screen. In Admiralty, over 3,000 protesters have gathered in Tamar at a rally co-organised by Occupy Central, the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism. The emcee kickstarts the event with a slogan in Chinese: "Critical Moment, Long Term Occupy!"
Updated 10 October 2014 at 8pm
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