Hong Kong Politics & Protest

Gov’t fortifies Civic Square ahead of Occupy anniversary

An additional gate has been erected around the Legislative Council complex at Tamar ahead of the first anniversary of the pro-democracy Occupy protests that surrounded the buildings in September last year.

Images shared online by student activist Alvin Cheng, also known by his nickname “Four-Eyed Brother,” show a three-metre high gate sealing off vehicle access to site’s east-wing entrance, beside the forecourt popularly known as Civic Square.

Photo of new barrier by Civic Square

New barrier erected by Civic Square. Photo: 四眼哥哥 via Facebook.

Photo of new barrier by Civic Square

New barrier erected by Civic Square. Photo: 四眼哥哥 via Facebook.

Following the relocation of Central Government Offices from Government Hill in Central, the 1,000-square-metre site became the focal point of protests against the national education curriculum and the government’s denial of a free-to-air licence to broadcaster HKTV. In July 2014, a steel fence was put in place to restrict public access to the square.

Policemen surround the students protesting at Civic Square

Police surround the students protesting at Civic Square. Photo: Wikicommons.

On the night of September 26, student demonstrators capped off a week-long strike against the Beijing white paper ruling out full democracy for Hong Kong. They scaled the barriers, leading to the arrest of 13 who remained in the square overnight.

Gov't fortifies Civic Square ahead of Occupy anniversary