In a rare display of common sense the bailiffs and the police decided not to allow the plaintiffs hired help to clear Nathan Road. The red hatted, I luv HK wearing shirted ‘helpers’ were dressed to inflame and several people previously seen wearing blue ribbons and assaulting protestors were recognised. A violent confrontation was thus avoided. Not that the police were above shoving journalists and whoever was on Nathan Road as they marched down the street – clearing people first and obstacles second, a reverse of yesterday’s Argyle Street clearance. No bailiffs were in evidence, as the police marched aggressively down the road accompanied by the now familiar yellow towers hosting tear-spray armed police.
At the start of clearance student leaders Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were dragged off and arrested by police, although they appeared to be doing nothing more than standing there waiting for the clearance to commence, as was everyone else. The announcement regarding arrests was only made two-thirds of the way down Nathan Road, so the arrest of the leaders looks like a targeted move.
The red caps didnt like having their photo taken – turning away to hide their faces. It’s rumoured the 200 clearance helpers were paid $1000 each.
Click on any of the photos to access the full gallery of today, apologies that the duplicates are not edited out – a little too much going on.