Hong Kong police made hundreds of arrests and cleared most of the main pro-democracy protest site in Admiralty yesterday, and while it appears as though the two-month-long movement has reached a dead-end, student leaders and demonstrators have pledged that they will return.
Reuters reports that most activists left the Admiralty site peacefully yesterday, as many of them chanted: “We will be back”. Hong Kong Federation of Students leader Alex Chow also remarked: “You might have the clearance today but people will come back on to the streets another day.”
Student activists, legislators and media mogul Jimmy Lai were among those arrested in the clearance. Lai, a long-time critic of Beijing, stepped down as editor-in-chief of Apple Daily after his arrest, it was reported today. All 247 protestors who were arrested yesterday have now been released, according to RTHK.hk.
Despite their efforts, protesters demanding for open nominations in the 2017 election for a new chief executive won no real concession from governments in Beijing or Hong Kong.
Joshua Wong, leader of the student activist group Scholarism, said in reports today that while they will continue to fight for universal suffrage, they have no plans to launch a new round of civil disobedience action in the near future.
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