Dozens of defiant Occupy Central protesters ignored a court order for them to leave the HSBC headquarters last night.
Some of the about 40 activists pledged to stay overnight even after security guards put up a board outside the building at 10pm, notifying the protesters of the High Court's prohibition order on August 13.
HSBC filed a lawsuit against the demonstrators, accusing them of illegally occupying the premises. The court ruled that all activists had to leave by 9 last night at the latest.
The demonstrators were also warned that they would be removed from the premises by the court bailiff.
Earlier in the evening, protesters held a concert while chanting slogans "Do not leave even if we will die" and vowing to continue their 10-month movement, which mimicked the New York occupation of Central Park that has since been cleared.
One supporter burned joss paper and plastic shoes at the scene, attracting around 20 policemen and firemen who arrived to conduct a check.
The first defendant in the HSBC case, Mui Kai- ming, said he is not leaving the site while the other two defendants, Wong Chung-hang and Ho Yiu- sing, said they will follow the order.
"I will leave this place and move to the protest area outside the Central Government Offices," Ho said.
Some core members of Occupy Central said they were not granting interviews since the media had always "twisted our purpose."
Another participant said they will hold other activities so the government w