I was walking through Admiralty when I passed by the “Citizens Square” 公民廣場. It is actually the entrance square of the East Wing of the New Government Headquarters.
It used to be openly accessible at all hours. And was often chosen as the site for protests. Then the government decided to fence it off. When the students decided to break into the square during the latest protests against Beijing’s decision about the chief executive election, it triggered tremendous reactions. In retrospect, the government’s decision to fence it off appeared more like a dare to the angry citizens.