Demonstrators returned to protest sites in droves on Friday night after the Hong Kong government went back on its word to hold a dialogue with leaders of the Occupy movement.
17-year-old Joshua Wong, the leader of the student group Scholarism, who has been dubbed as the voice of Hong Kong’s young generation by TIME, will be turning 18 on Monday October 13. But he declared on Friday night that he will be spending it with his fellow Occupy Central protestors.
The main protest site in Admiralty, the central business district in Hong Kong, swelled to tens of thousands, according to Apple Daily. Protest leaders have called for a “long-term Occupy movement”.
Scholarism further rallied supporters to occupy “every inch of the streets”, SCMP reported. Protest leaders have called for a “long-term Occupy movement”, and have urged protestors to take sleeping bags and tents to occupy Admiralty and make Harcourt Road a “democratic stronghold”.