Leaders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement have announced that they’re planning on turning themselves in to police next week.
Police officers have been stationed at sections of Nathan Road, Mong Kok and Admiralty with plans to enforce court injunctions and remove protestors from the sites that they’ve been occupying for more than 40 days. Police sources said that they may begin clearing out barricades and making arrests this week.
Benny Tai, Chan Kin-Man and Chu Yiu-ming say they’re preparing to surrender to police on Friday next week (November 22), unless they’re arrested before that, in a bid to show that they’re willing to accept the legal consequences of taking part in the “unlawful” protests.
A core member of the Occupy movement told South China Morning Post that they are going to hold off their surrender until at least Monday, when the joining of Hong Kong and Shanghai stock begins, “as the last thing we want to do is to give [Chief Executive] Leung Chun-ying a chance to show Beijing that he can ‘resume social order’ as he promised [President] Xi Jinping .”
Lester Shum, the deputy leader of the Federation of Students, however, said that he would “rather be arrested than surrender.”