The battle lines were drawn as Hong Kong protesters geared up for a long stand-off with police at the start of the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement.
Welcome to scmp.com’s live report on Occupy Central, which kicked off in the early hours of this morning.
Buoyed by two nights of student protest, Occupy organizer Benny Tai at 1.45am made a dramatic announcement that the civil disobedience movement would begin with immediate effect.
The announcement came after thousands of students, pushing Beijing for democracy, converged on the government offices at Tamar for a second night of protest.
Our live report brings you all the latest breaking news from our team on the ground.
1.57pm: Police said as of 1.30pm a total of 78 people had been arrested since protests began two days ago – 63 men and 15 women, aged 16 to 58.
Universities have been reporting the number of…
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