Hong Kong protests: Tension mounts at office stand-off

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Students have massed outside the office demanding that Chief Executive CY Leung resign by midnight.

SHAFAQNA – Tension is growing at the Hong Kong government office in the Central district, with reports of protesters scuffling with police who are stockpiling riot gear.They say they will occupy government buildings if he does not comply.

Protesters are angry at China’s plan to vet candidates for polls in 2017, saying they want full democracy.

The main protest sites at Central, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and Canton Road have remained peaceful.

But police and government have reiterated their call for protesters to disperse, and the police have warned they will not stand by if protesters breach the government office compound near Tamar Park.

The BBC’s Babita Sharma says a few hundred people have gathered outside. The crowd began building yesterday after student leaders issued their ultimatum.

Police set up a cordon, and the South China Morning Post is reporting confrontations between the police and protesters.

By Thursday evening local time, police officers were seen carrying in riot gear and supplies.

Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao was told by police that they were stocking rubber bullets, tear gas, and other weapons at the site.

An unnamed official told the paper that if protesters breached the cordon set up by the police, they “will definitely use these weapons to deal with protesters”.

The police and Hong Kong government have been criticised for using tear gas to disperse protesters over last weekend.

 

Source: BBC

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