Leaders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement have surrendered to police on Wednesday for their role in the recent democracy protests that the government has deemed illegal, which experts see as the latest sign that the civil disobedience campaign may be running out of steam. Reuters report:
Three founders turned themselves in a day after calling on students to retreat from protest sites in the Asia financial center amid fears of further violence, just hours after student leader Joshua Wong had called on supporters to regroup.
Pro-Beijing groups taunted Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming as they entered a police station just two subway stops from the main protest site in Admiralty, next to the Chinese-controlled city’s financial center.
The three, accompanied by Cardinal Joseph Zen, 82, former Catholic Bishop of Hong Kong, filled in forms, giving personal information, and were allowed to leave without facing any charges.
“I hope we can show others the meaning of the surrender. We urge the occupation to end soon and more citizens will carry out the basic responsibility of civil disobedience, which is to surrender,” said Benny Tai, the most prominent of the Occupy leaders, after he left the police station.
Police said 24 people aged between 33 and 82 had surrendered for “taking part in an unauthorized assembly,” and authorities would conduct follow-up investigations based on the information provided.
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