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Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11:14

7,000 cops deployed as Occupy Central begins

7,000 cops deployed as Occupy Central begins
Policemen make a cordon during a demonstration outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS)

The police is fully prepared to deal with Occupy Central as the organizers of the campaign to paralyze the city’s financial hub unexpectedly announced its beginning in the wee hours of Sunday morning, according to local news report quoting police sources.

The police has launched the operation codenamed “Solar Peak”, planned to maintain law and order during the Occupy campaign, after students stormed the Central Government Offices East Wing Forecourt on Friday night.

With reinforcement from other districts, about 7,000 police officers are now deployed in Admiralty and its vicinity. Busloads of law-enforcement officers have been seen near the protest area on Sunday morning.

So far a total of 74 persons have been arrested in association with the protests, 13 of them on Friday night and 61 on Saturday afternoon when protesters remaining in the square were removed.

There are still large crowds of protesters gathering along the Tim Mei Avenue on Sunday morning. Some opposition lawmakers have arrived to show their support. But many protesters have left after knowing the Occupy movement has taken over the protest activity.

The Occupy organizers said their occupation movement starts with the government headquarters, but vowed to escalate their actions if their demands -- the National People's Congress Standing Committee take back its decisions on Hong Kong's political reform and the SAR government relaunch the political reform consultation -- are not met.

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