'Turning Point'? Hong Kong Police Descend on Protest Sites, Targeting Leaders
A mass of Hong Kong police in riot gear swept a major Occupy Central protest site on Wednesday, breaking down barricades and tents and arresting over a hundred people, including some of the more prominent activists in the pro-democracy movement that emerged over the summer.
Among those taken into custody was Joshua Wong, the student leader hailed by TIME in October as “the voice of a generation.”
Hundreds of officers descended on a key protest zone in the busy commercial and residential district of Mong Kok, where organizers with Occupy Central have held operations for months. According to Reuters, the crackdown “could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political freedom from Beijing’s control.”
But the move by police was not able to keep protesters from returning directly to the same site as soon as they could.
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