The Hong Kong police warned protesters of serious consequences in the event that the pro-democracy protesters attempt to surround or occupy government buildings. The news comes as protesters threatened to do just that in the event that the pro-Beijing leader does not resign by the midnight of Thursday.
The deadline for the resignation of Leung Chun-ying is closing in and the demand is just one part of the large electoral reform call that the protesters have.
Reports appeared that police took barrels of pepper spray, shields and tear gas towards Leung’s office. At the same time, the number of police officers present on-scene doubled.
The protesters are now preparing for a stand-off with the Hong Kong police. They are stocking up on goggles and masks, while positioned right next to Tamar Park, near Leung’s office. Protesters are also building a barrier between themselves and authorities with the use of metal barricades secured with zip ties.
The police last used gas on the protesters during the weekend. Since then the mood was quiet but now it is tense as humidity thickens and the deadline approaches.
On Wednesday protesters brought in a call to occupy the government buildings in the event that the demands are not met.