Umbrella Revolution/Movement Day 53. (Wednesday 19 November 2014)
A small number of radical protesters have gathered outside the Legislative Council building despite calls from volunteers to move on.
Small scuffles have broken out at the main stage near Harcourt Road upon a backdrop of confusion of Hong Kong's Internet Article 23. Internet Article 23 is proposed legislation covering copyright, content controls and internet freedoms.
Masked protesters have attacked the entrances to the Legislative Council which glass doors and a window being smashed with barricades and concrete blocks.
Police respond with batons and pepper spray to prevent protesters from breaking into the Legislative Council.
Ferdinand Cheung, a pan-democratic legislator upon hearing of the gathering outside the Legislative Council attempts to stop the radicals whom are opposing Internet Article 23 from attacking the building.
A number of conspiracy theories have surfaced surrounding the attack on the Legislative Council with police failing to arrest the radical protesters. Some Occupy protesters claim that the attackers are not real protesters and have tried to hijack the Umbrella Movement. The police response has also been questioned with officers only moving in after the initial gatherings outside the Legislative Council.
Police eventually made several arrests after a group of radicals charged at the police line outside the Legislative Council. It is believed that three officers were injured overnight.
Occupy Central organisers, student leaders and pan-democratic legislators have all spoken out and condemned the attack on the Legislative Council distancing themselves and the movement from the violence. Pan-democratic legislators have labelled the incident as 'isolated'.
Police have released a statement strongly condemning the incident as endangering public safety. The Legislative Council has also cancelled tours and modified its agenda for today. Calls for a three metre security fence to be built around the complex have grown since an earlier break in at the beginning of the month.
Television networks are reporting that the clearance of Mongkok will begin next Tuesday at the earliest with Argyle St followed by Nathan Road next Wednesday.
Lawmakers have called on the attackers to come forward and offer an explanation for their actions saying that they have tried to hijack the pro-democracy movement.
Tensions around the main stage continue as various factions of the protest exchange heated verbal confrontations.
Riot police stand guard outside the Legislative Council building following an attack by radical protesters. Picture Source: @stegersaurus/Twitter