Three student leaders involved with the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests are planning on packing up their umbrellas and heading to Beijing on Saturday to fight the good fight, according to Reuters. That is, if they’re allowed in.
Hong Kong Federation of Students’ (HKFS) leader Alex Chow said late on Thursday he planned to travel to Beijing with fellow activists Eason Chung and Nathan Law and they hoped to meet Chinese leader Li Keqiang.
News of the trip is likely to unnerve Beijing, which has called the protests in Hong Kong illegal and there is no guarantee that China would allow pro-democracy activists in.
Protest leaders, who’ve been occupying Hong Kong’s key districts for over six weeks now, seem to be going their separate paths as they’re left with limited options under mounting government pressure.
In an apparent act of civil obedience, Occupy Central leaders Benny Tai, Chan Kin-Man and Chu Yiu-ming announced earlier this week that they plan on turning themselves in to police by next Friday in an attempt to show that they’re willing to accept the legal consequences for participating in “unlawful” protests.
Police could start clearing protest sites on Monday or Tuesday, according to local media.
Lester Shum, the deputy leader of the Federation of Students, on the other hand, said that he would “rather be arrested than surrender.”