A few days later, September 26, a large group of demonstrators led by Joshua Wong occupied the square in front of the Central Government Complex — popularly called Civic Square. Since this once open area was barred from public access earlier that year, the protesters had to breach security barriers to reclaim the site. The police mobilised on Civic Square, surrounded protesters at the centre and prepared to physically remove the protesters overnight.
Continuing on September 28 the Occupy Central with Love and Peace started their campaign by blocking high-traffic routes near Admiralty. The amount of protesters took flight, peaking at more than 100,000 participants, reacting on the events when police forces used agressive tactics and tear gas to disperse the gatherings. From this point on, not only Admiralty, but also Mong Kok and Causeway Bay were areas subject to occupation.