The Occupy protest has entered its tenth day with student leaders preparing for a dialogue with Carrie Lam. Both the student leaders and government agreed that the talks should be on-going but a venue or format has yet to be decided upon. Estimates of the economic implications of Hong Kong's recent protests have been varied with Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office downplaying major effects whilst pro-China reports have suggested that the implications are severe. The night was generally peaceful with only a few minor incidents and some jeering of the media over the way Occupy has been covered,
By morning overall protest numbers had dropped to several hundred with only twenty people outside the Chief Executive Officer's office. Most schools have resumed and nearly all government workers are able to return to work however some traffic diversions remain in place around Hong Kong. By lunchtime most of the protesters in Mongkok had dispersed peacefully without incident however a handful continued to affirm their positions in the streets. A real estate firm has expressed regret for publishing a Facebook post calling on the 'occupation' of student leader Joshua Wong's house. Included in the posting was an incorrect address of Joshua Wong's residence. The Nobel Laureates Symposium on Global Sustainability in Hong Kong has been cancelled due to disruptions caused for the protests.
Wednesday's Legislative Council meeting has been postponed with Legco president Jasper Tsang citing the unprecedented circumstances, under which no one could guarantee an unobstructed and safe passage for all members concerned to attend the meeting. Meanwhile the FireChat app has reported that Hong Kong has become its second largest group of users as it allows communication without mobile networks. By mid-afternoon a number of business operators and owners confronted protesters angry at the financial impact of the barricades and disruptions caused to their shops. Police have once again called on protesters to leave 'high risk areas' such as Mongkok and pro-business groups have encouraged students to move back to Admiralty to allow for the resumption of regular trading hours for Mongkok and Causeway Bay businesses. As night develops, there has been a small increase in both Occupy and anti-Occupy protesters gathering around Admiralty but no clashes have yet been reported.
Updated 7 October 2014 at 7pm