Day 18 of the Umbrella Revolution got off to a violent start as Hong Kong police start to clear out peaceful pro-democracy protestors.
The police started removing barricades at Causeway Bay, Queensway, and Mong Kok the day before (Monday, October 13), and in response, protesters erected makeshift bamboo and scrap material roadblocks.
The new structures could not withstand the ever advancing police onslaught, however, especially when Hong Kong’s law enforcers moved in with chainsaws and riot gear in the wee hours (about 3:00 a.m. Hong Kong time) of October 15.
As early Wednesday morning wore on, reports flew in about police making arrests, using pepper sprays, and even resorting to violence to deal with both protesters and journalist at the Lung Wo Road and Tamar Park area.
— Alex Ogle (@Alex_Ogle) October 14, 2014
A SocREC reporter claimed that riot police attacked him even after he showed them his reporter ID and stated clearly that he is a reporter.
At Queensway, a student reporter from Hong Kong Baptist University claimed that ten policemen surrounded him for four minutes after they saw him taking photographs on the on-going carnage. The policemen used coarse language, and threatened “don’t think you’re gonna live forever!”
In the heat of the skirmish, pro-democracy protesters managed to take back a key tunnel on Lung Wo Road.
Check out more pictures of the police action on Occupy Central Day 18.
Protesters & journalists pepper-sprayed sit on the sidewalk, washing their eyes, as police forced them to move along. pic.twitter.com/0OFrP3Jm0c
— Alan Wong (@byAlanWong) October 14, 2014