Authorities banned an application for a Mother’s Day march, so small groups of masked protesters instead played cat and mouse with police in different shopping centers, a tactic used frequently last year.
“This is just a warm-up, our protest movement needs to start again,” a university student who gave his name as “B” told AFP.
“It’s a sign that the movement is coming back to life. We all need to wake up now.”
In the evening, clashes spilled onto the streets, with police using batons and pepper spray in the busy commercial neighborhood of Mong Kok and making more arrests, including of a pro-democracy lawmaker.