Protest numbers have received a slight boost after a joint call from Occupy Central, Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism called a permanent occupation of the so called "Umbrella Square" or roads near the central government buildings. The call was answered overnight with over ten thousand protesters demonstrating into the night in response to Carrie Lam's announcement that the government would not meet with students. Overnight Leung Chun-ying's office was reported to have attempted to hush the Australian journalist whom broke news of the latest corruption scandal to face the Chief Executive Officer. A complaint to ICAC has also been filed by a lawmaker in to investigate a $7 (AUD) million deal between an Australian company and Leung Chun-ying. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has also said during a visit to Germany that Beijing had no intentions of changing the 'one country, two systems' structure.
About two dozen protesters took part in what was dubbed the 'Umbrella Marathon' this morning running on the road between Central and Wan Chai. Meanwhile a number of bus and minibus routes have also resumed with the Happy Valley tram service allowed to run after a suspension of nearly two weeks. Reports have also emerged from inside mainland China that the village of Wukan in Guangdong has held its own 'Umbrella Revolution'. Wukan held democratic elections for the village's governance in 2012 but reform has faded since leading to discontent among some of the local residents.
As the protest reached mid-day, the artistic creations of protesters and supporters could be increasingly seen on the streets. Many people had also responded to the Occupy movement's calls for 'one man, one tent' and had refreshed some of their supplies to the protest sites. An officer in Mongkok has spoken of the reduction in emergency calls over the past two weeks since the Occupy protest started and criticised the longer work hours needed to keep the peace. By mid-afternoon, a table had been set up near the protest zone offering green ribbons and a petition calling for 'peace in Hong Kong'. Civic Party lawmaker Alan Leong Kah-kit has called on the government to open a dialogue with the students and also remarked that students have worked hard on reopening roads in some areas. As night falls, the distinction between protester and shopper around some of the protest areas diminishes with no incidents being reported.
Updated 11 October 2014 at 8pm
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