5pm Sept 29th How The Wanchai Police HQ Standoff Began #OccupyCentral

This was about 5pm, earlier today. Near one of the ol' stalwarts: "American Restaurant" in Wanchai, on the onramp to Gloucester Rd., opposite the Hong Kong Police Headquarters a brand new standoff occurred.

Right now, at 1:40am tonight it is turning out to be one of the most tense standoffs between the protestors and the police. The fact that it is happening meters away from the very symbol and main organ of the HK Police, their Arsenal Street complex, in addition to their ingress and egress point for all manner of HK Island-based vehicles and personnel makes it obviously a transit point the HK Police cannot cede.

I was there this afternoon to capture the moments when protestors took the skybridge leading down to the standoff line, shooing away a whole column of passenger vehicles. Here are the photos:


5pm Sept 28th 2014 @ #OccupyCentral #OccupyAdmiralty

Traffic was backed up a long, long way

One of the side crowds, West of the main protest area

These were the everyday police units. No real special gear here. None was apparent at 5pm.

A lot of regular folks out

Mood was relatively calm at 5:20pm

Then there was this massing of people, and at approx. 5:30pm the crowd was still steadily growing. There were plenty of people to the North, on the sidelines too (this view is looking East)

Designer Fans? The Piaget Ad got a lot of play too :)

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