Day 60 of the Umbrella Revolution/Movement in Hong Kong. (Wednesday 26 November 2014)
Police have continued to force the protesters in a southerly direction and onto Nathan Road away from Argyle Street. The red warning flag 'Stop charging [at police] or we use force' is held up as officers use tear water (a long range pepper spray) on the protesters.
Clashes between protesters and police continue throughout the night with accusations from both sides of violence and dangerous charging. A number of arrest are made as well as several journalists being pushed away by police. The Hong Kong Journalists Association has reported that at least 25 journalists have been injured since the beginning of Occupy Central.
Police have been criticised for forcing a bus driver to move his vehicle into the protest zone in an attempt to force the crowds back onto the sidewalk. However the bus becomes encircled by protesters and the driver backs out of the street. He then shakes hands with the protesters and is applauded.
By morning, the police presence has been reduced however the police operation continues with officers around Mongkok MTR station. A number of bus diversions and Mongkok MTR station entrance closures remain.
Joshua Wong, a student leader with Scholarism and Lester Shum, the deputy of the Hong Kong Federation of Students has been arrested by police in Mongkok as part of the clearance. The Hong Kong Federation of Students has condemned the arrest and police aggression as well as calling on students to continue the protest. The pair have been charged with 'contempt of court' and 'obstructing a police officer'.
Protesters and police have had a standoff around Dundas Street with the Nathan Road area under the injunction being cleared by officers. The enforcement of the injunction seems to be complete. Traffic has been allowed to resume on Nathan Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui.
During a police press conference, officers have confirmed that 55 people have been arrested around Argyle St aged between 14 and 69. 20 police officers have been injured during the police operation and whilst supporting the bailiffs' enforcement of the injunction. The police have criticised some of the media for their 'unreasonable' coverage.
The police operation continues even though the injunction is completed with Sai Yeung Choi Street closed off and passerbys along with the press being ordered to move along.
Police officers attempt to force the crowds south and away from the heart of Mongkok. Police have urged everyone to remain on the sidewalks including journalists. Riot police are on scene as confrontations increase into the late hours of the night as protesters chant 'I want genuine universal suffrage'. A few umbrellas can also been seen in the crowd.
Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's Chief Executive has called on shoppers to return to Mongkok after the clearance is complete and urged protesters not to reoccupy the cleared areas.
Tense scenes in Mongkok as police attempt to clear the streets. Picture Source: freakingcat/Imgur