On Sunday evening, Hong Kong’s Occupy Central campaign announced on Twitter that its demonstrators would be packing up and leaving the shopping district of Mong Kok for Admiralty, the government and business district.
This is in response to a statement from the Hong Kong government this afternoon that said that it would have open dialogue with student leaders on the condition that some blockades would be removed from the city streets.
According to SCMP, this decision has elicited mixed reactions:
Many protesters booed and shouted “Stay in Mong Kok!” A group of students huddled in a tent said they would stand their ground as the volunteers did not represent them. There was also a dispute over whether the audio equipment should be moved to Admiralty.
Protestors are also withdrawing from the area around Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying’s office in order to clear traffic, said Radio Television Hong Kong.
However, the situation on the ground seems to be much more volatile. Twitter reports note that some student leaders said that there haven’t been any directives to leave the Mong Kok camp or the area outside CY Leung’s office. Other students said that the Mong Kok camp has no leader, thus there is a need to defend Mong Kok camp in order to have more bargaining power with the government when student leaders meet for a dialogue.