He told Reuters: ‘It’s high time that we really showed that we want to be free and not to be slaves...We must unite together.’

Instigated by Occupy Central, the protests relate to a new law stipulating that only government-vetted candidates can stand for the region’s top position of chief executive.

Speaking on Premier’s News Hour, Clement Tang, pastor of Luton Chinese Christian Church, also showed solidarity with protesters.

He said: ‘From a Christian point of view, I think there is a case for civil disobedience because the political system that the Chinese [are] trying to impose is unjust. It’s not fair and lots of the public are actually being awakened to this and want to do something about it.’

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