Day 61 of the Umbrella Revolution/Movement in Hong Kong. (27 November 2014)
Police continue to clear the streets of Mongkok as clashes intensify with violence and accusations of police brutality on the rise.
A NowTV reporter has been released without charge due to a lack of evidence after initially being arrested in Mongkok by police. An Apple Daily reporter/cameraman has also been arrested, initially accused of grabbing an officer's gun has been charged with assault.
The police are continually diverting taxis and other vehicles in the protest sites as means of keeping the crowds off the roadway.
As a result of the arrest of Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, Yvonne Leung of the Hong Kong Federation of Students says that more student action will target government buildings.
Joshua Wong, Lester Shum and Long Hair (Leung Kwow-hung) a radical pro-democracy lawmaker have both been banned from Mongkok as part of their bail conditions set following their arrest.
Joshua Wong has spoken of how police encircled then rushed him before pinning him to the ground during his arrest. Police have also been accused of attempting to injure his genitals during this time in custody. Joshua Wong is also in contention for TIME Magazine's person of the year award for 2014.
Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's Chief Executive has spoken of the effective action that the police have taken in the clearance of Mongkok.
Many people have responded to Leung Chun-ying's calls for shoppers to return to Mongkok with the phrase 'shopping movement' now gaining popularity. A number of protesters/bystanders have also been seen telling police "i'm here to shop".
Protesters are claiming that the government has shown no sincerity in engaging in political reform and dialogue. A three fingered salute (with a reference to the Hunger Games movie) has also been used by protesters in Mongkok. Meanwhile the students have not indicated that they will reoccupy Mongkok after it has been cleared.
The 'Shopping Movement' as coined after Leung Chun-ying encouraged shoppers to return to Mongkok. Picture Source: Jerry Chan/Facebook