SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has warned that police will take “resolute action” against anti-election law protesters in the Chinese administrative region.
“Some people have mistaken the police’s tolerance for weakness,” Leung told reporters on Monday, urging student protesters “who are planning to return to the occupation sites tonight not to do so.”
Thousands of protesters caused the temporary closure of government headquarters on Monday after clashing with police as they did not obey orders to retreat after more than two months of protests in Hong Kong.
Chaos broke out as commuters made their way to work, while hundreds of protesters surrounded Admiralty Center, which is home to offices and retail outlets, in a confrontation with police. The central government offices and the legislature closed in the morning.
Protest leader, Joshua Wong, meanwhile, said he and two other demonstrators would go on a hunger strike in an attempt to force the government to respond to their demands.
In recent months, protesters have been gathering to voice their opposition to an election law introduced by the government in Beijing, under which the people of Hong Kong will have to elect their next leader from a list of Beijing-vetted candidates in 2017.
Beijing says it will introduce universal suffrage for the election, but wants a committee to approve the candidates.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. The financial hub has enjoyed substantial political autonomy since 1997, when it returned to China after about a century of British colonial rule.