Umbrella Revolution affect on road
After more than two months, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement protesters may be displaced from the site they’ve occupied in the heart of the city as soon as this week.
According to notices in city newspapers today, protesters are banned from portions of the mid-city highways where they are encamped, as well as from setting up “tents, canopies, barricades, barriers” or other blockades in these areas.
The solution is a judicial one—hence the newspaper notice. And that could make clearing the area messy and particularly contentious.
Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung has refused to meet with students, sending his deputy in his place for the sole public government-protester talks that have taken place, and despite the fact that the protests are illegal, police have not attempted to clear them on their own. Instead, they are relying on Hong Kong’s High Court, which has the power to grant pre-trial injunctions if it agrees a plaintiff’s business is being severely damaged.
This bloodless, court-driven solution has one pretty obvious flaw: It applies to certain geographic areas within the protest zone, but not the entire zone itself.
The original high court injunction, brought by bus company All China Express, only addresses the sections of the protest sites that affect the bus company’s routes. So, for example, it only asks for the eastbound lane of Connaught Road to be cleared, per maps from the original injunction
The injunction also calls for the eastbound portion of Harcourt Road to be cleared, again presumably because that is the only direction the company’s buses travel
Also included: the adjacent Cotton Tree Drive, but not Tim Mei Avenue, a parallel street at the other end of the protests
The protests, and particularly hundreds of tents and dozens of supply and first aid stations, are spread across both lanes of Connaught Place, and in both directions on Harcourt Place as well as completely blocking parts of Tim Mei. For example, you can see the concrete traffic divider here that runs between the east-bound and west-bound lanes of Connaught Place.
reference : Quartz article