Day 41 of the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong. (7 November 2014)
Protesters have continued to hold the occupation zones in Mongkok despite overnight arrests of protesters and accusations of police violence.
Police are reportedly training for a mass crackdown and clearance of the protests with over a thousand officers practicing drills at the Wong Chuk Hang Police Academy.
Eric Schmidt, a Google CEO has visited the Occupy protests in Admiralty. Schmidt is a known critic of the Chinese government, whom he blamed for forcing out Google with censorship and hacking of its services in 2010.
Alex Chow has suggested that the pro-democracy protests may last until next March to May depending on when the Hong Kong government puts the bill regarding political reforms for a vote in the Legislative Council and the focus now is on gaining public support.
The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) (pro-Beijing camp) has released a poll indicating that two-thirds of Hong Kong residents want the protests to end now.
Representatives from the Hong Kong Federation of Students will submit a request for former Chief Executive and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conferencevice-chair Tung Chee-wa to arrange a meeting for the students and Beijing officials. This suggestion has been downplayed by current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying as improbable.
Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, a lawmaker from the New People's Party (pro-Beijing camp) has rebuked any suggestion that representatives from the Hong Kong Federation of Students be given seats in the 1200 strong election committee at an upcoming redistribution.
A number of Hong Kong's business leaders including from the communications industry have criticised the protests and claim that the protests are damaging Hong Kong's economy as well as the rule of law.
A number of Chinese activists have been detained in mainland China for supporting the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Several British MPs are defying Chinese government warnings and are planning to visit protesters in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's Public Housing Authority has forced a legislator to cover up the English words #UmbrellaMovement from a "I want genuine universal suffrage banner" in a government built estate. Source: @galileo44/Twitter