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Thursday, November 13, 2014, 13:23

High Court rejects protesters' appeal bid

By Shadow Li /

 High Court rejects protesters' appeal bid
A woman walks past tents set up by protesters in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Nov 13, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez)

HONG KONG - The High Court refused to grant illegal "Occupy" protesters leave to file an appeal against an injunction that prohibits them from sitting in in the area’s principal thoroughfare - Nathan Road.

The injunction, handed down this Monday by Mr Justice Thomas Au Hing-cheung, granted police permission to make arrests during the bailiff's execution of the court orders.

In handing down the judgment on Monday, Mr Justice Au pointed out that some individuals with legal background had misled the public and infringed the rule of law by suggesting protesters disobey the injunction first and turn themselves in afterwards.

The lawsuit was filed by a minibus company and two taxi groups and owner of CITIC Tower against protesters who have illegally occupied the space concerned for more than 40 days.

The draft of the injunction won by the plaintiffs has been submitted to the court and is awaiting approval. Once it is sealed, Phyllis Kwong Ka-yin, the lawyer representing the taxi drivers' group, said the text would be advertised in local newspapers and at the occupied area before the court order is executed.

The court will hear another appeal for injunction against the protesters occupying the emergency access of CITIC Tower, adjacent to the government headquarters in Admiralty.

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