As night (October 1) fell, the protest continued both in the areas around Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mongkok. Residents around Mongkok have expressed their frustration at the noise levels prompting protest marshals to lower speaker volumes. As some street musicians performed on the streets of Mongkok, several vans with supplies were greeted with cheers as they offloaded drinks and resources to the protesters. Police in Causeway Way took a woman away for questioning after she allegedly hurled watermelon skins from a high rise building at protesters. Meanwhile in Brisbane, Australia a petition collected over 3,000 signatures calling on Australian politicians to support the movement in Hong Kong took place alongside a short vigil in commemoration of the Llama Island ferry disaster. Over in Macau, over 800 supporters mainly high school and university students gathered in Friendship Square in an act of solidarity with their Hong Kong counterparts.
Approaching mid-night, lively debates continued at the main protest site in Mongkok at the intersection of Nathan Road and Argyle St. Protesters also start drawing banners depicting Leung Chun-ying as wolves and vampires as well as 'add oil' banners encouraging protesters to keep up the pressure. Democratic Party politician Albert Ho commented that the scale of the protest had exceed their expectations and declared that it was now up to the Hong Kong government to respond to the calls of the Hong Kong people. Britain's last Hong Kong governor, Chris Patten added his comment to the current situation by saying that it would be crazy and bad for Beijing's image if the People's Liberation Army were to be deployed into the streets of Hong Kong. Politician and activist "long Hair" has joined with many youth protesters outside Leung Chun-ying's office in calling for the chief executive officer's resignation.
Leung Chun-ying's daughter has been criticised for her recent Facebook post in which she wrote that her fashion has been at the expense of the Hong Kong people. Many tourism operators in China have also reported to have cancelled visits to Hong Kong due to the political protests in the city. Leaders of the Federation of Students in Hong Kong called on protesters to converge on the central government offices and outside Leung Chun-ying's office as an escalation of the movement if the Hong Kong leader did not resign by October 3. In London. the largest solidarity protest in support of Hong Kong students and protesters took place outside the Chinese embassy. Around 3,000 supporters gathered calling for genuine political reforms for Hong Kong.
Rain during the night and early morning (October 2) meant that many protesters went home and the protesters remaining on the street dropped to just several hundred. Outside the key government buildings in Admiralty, the atmosphere was clam with some police officers even having small conversations and answering protesters questions about tear gas. Just as the sun rose in Hong Kong, several scuffles broke out as anti-Occupy protesters try to remove yellow ribbons and barricades. The incident was quickly resolved with police officers arriving quickly. Calls from police to move on and reduce inconvenience on residents were largely ignored by the crowd. The presence of Occupy Central marshals also proved controversial among some protesters in Mongkok with some rejecting the Occupy movement's authority instead asserting the people's protest as leaderless. As morning came, many of the protesters had left with only several hundred present however police were no where to be seen thus allowing the protest zone to remain.
With the deadline approaching of the resignation of Leung-Chun ying the police increased their presence outside key government buildings keeping protesters and media at bay. Confrontations between anti-Occupy and protesters flare up during the morning but are resolved with police urging people to move on. Across the United States, tens of thousands of students have taken part in solidarity rallies at college campuses in a Facebook event titled 'Wear Yellow for Hong Kong on October 1st'. Mobile messaging app WeChat owned by Chinese company TenCent has been accused of censoring photos from the Hong Kong protests. This comes as the Anonymous internet group threatened to hack Hong Kong government websites and databases as retribution for their crackdown on the protesters.
Around mid-morning Occupy Central leader Benny Tai addressed the media after a lengthy discussion with some protesters reaffirming that the Occupy movement and Federation of Students were present to provide guidance amidst concerns that Occupy is attempting to impose a leadership structure over the protests. Many of the protesters stated that they were campaigning for themselves and were not part of the Occupy Central movement now known as the Umbrella Revolution. Around mid-day, China's foreign affairs minister Wang Yi denounced Occupy protesters in Hong Kong and warned the United States not to interfere with politics in it's city. Exco member and chairwoman of the New People Party, Regina Ip issued an invitation to the protest leaders, including Benny Tai, Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, Lee Cheuk-Yan and Fung Wai-Wah (president of Professional Teachers' union) to attend a televised debate with party and members as well as notifying Leung Chun-ying. However no one has responded to this invitation as yet. Meanwhile back on the streets in Admiralty, protesters held impromptu street detates as to what would happen if Leung Chun-ying was to resign with many keen speakers making it difficult for moderators to maintain the calm.
Chinese state media continued to report that Leung Chun-ying had the support of the central government in Beijing and reiterated that the Ocuupy protests were illegal and that the political aspirations of a few should not be allowed to overrule the law. With the deadline fast approaching for Leung Chun-ying's resignation, there was no question and never had been that the Hong Kong leader would resign so as police increased their presence around the key government buildings confrontations erupted. Police officers and vehicles attempting to arrive in Tim Mei Avenue were forced away by protesters as other officers scrambled inside government buildings carrying what was reported to be rubber bullets and tear gas. Nearby protest leaders including Benny Tai, Joshua Wong and Alex Chow stated that there would be improved cooperation in future and urged protesters to prepare for a long night ahead.
Schools around the Admiralty and Wan Chai area remain closed as traffic flow and safety were issues affecting students. The police announced that they would not rule out the use of force if direct confrontations with officers occurred which was followed by calls from the Hong Kong government for the protest to disperse. Some protesters accuse police of attempting the smuggle in equipment using an ambulance. The police presence is increasing around the central government headquarters and Tamar Park as protesters are expected to converge on the area as Leung Chun-ying will not step down. Crowds have also slightly increased in Mongkok and Admiralty as the night progressed but protest numbers in other areas have fallen. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the latest shift change over of police are now carrying guns.
Update at 2 October 2014 as at 9pm
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