Post-rally protesters in stand-off with police in Central
Organisers say 130,000 join anti-chief executive rally earlier in the day
Staff Reporters and Agence France Presse
A group of 400 anti-CY Leung protesters were engaged in a stand-off with police in Central on Tuesday night, after they attempted unsuccessfully to surround the Government House .
The anti-CY Leung protesters were blocked at the junction of Queen’s Road Central and Ice House Street as they tried to march to the gate of the Government House in Central.
The protesters were mainly from the Anti-CY Alliance members, made up of members of the People Power party and various advocacy groups.
The blockage caused a traffic jam in the area for about 40 minutes.
People Power lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip said poor arrangements by police had caused the disruption.
“We are now banned from ‘walking’ 15 years after returning to Chinese rule,” he said.
Jacqueline Chan So-ling, People Power secretary-general, blamed the police for not adhering to the letter of no objection to their procession.
The protesters were stuck at the back gate of the Government House for about an hour when police stopped them from moving forward to the front gate.
The demonstrators then decided to march to the front gate via Garden Road.
But some protesters stopped and sat at a junction of Queen’s Road Central, paralysing traffic, before dispersing.
They were later moved on to Garden Road after the police cleared cars from Queen’s Road Central to allow them to proceed.
About 400 protesters were involved in the occupation, watched over by approximately 400 police.