Hundreds of people took to the streets of the central business district of Hong Kong on Monday, to join the latest in a series of lunchtime protests that have taken place since the beginning of last week, this time raising a new slogan – "save PolyU".
Ordinary office workers joined protesters dressed in black who suddenly appeared in Central during the lunch hour.
They took over the intersection of Pedder Street and Des Voeux Road Central at about half past twelve, and scattered bricks on the road.
They were chanting regular protest slogans, as well as a new one, calling for the besieged Polytechnic University to be saved.
One of the protesters, surnamed Li, said events at PolyU had inspired her to protest.
Li said she was joining the demonstration to support the PolyU students.
"They are blocked by police. They cannot leave even though they are not attacking police. I want Hong Kong people to stand with them," she said.
Another office worker, named Steven, defended the blocking of roads, saying nothing else had worked to get the government to listen.
We had tried peaceful ways, he said. "Didn't block any roads. Didn't do any harm to anyone. Did it work?"
"No matter what we have done, it was not working at all," he said.
Armed police appeared on the scene and for a while protesters stood their ground. But the crowd dispersed at around 2:30pm.
However, afterwards two people were taken away by police.
Li said her friend was detained because she didn’t have her ID card on her.
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