Hong Kong police have raided one of the key sites being occupied by pro-democracy protesters. During an early morning operation in the suburb of Mong Kok, they removed barricades, tents and sleeping gear.
The clearance came hours after the government promised further talks with protest leaders over democratic reforms. Police say no arrests were made during Friday’s clearance, despite a few scuffles. Demonstrators said they wouldn’t resist the clearance.
“We come here peacefully, and we don’t want to fight against any parties, including the police and so on. We’re a bit powerless, I think,” said 23-year-old Eric Lau.
But protester Billy Li was adamant that their fight would continue.
“Until our dreams come true, we (will) never give up so easily,” he said.
Protesters are demanding that the government stand up to Beijing over the election of the territory’s next leader.
China, which has granted Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy, wants to screen the candidates for the vote in 2017.