Police clear final Hong Kong protest site at Causeway Bay

Police clear final Hong Kong protest site at Causeway Bay

Hong Kong police have arrested several people as they cleared the last remaining pro-democracy protest site.

For more than two months activists have staged sit-ins in the centre of the shopping district of Causeway Bay, along with two other areas.

The biggest protest site, in the Admiralty area, was dismantled by police last week.

After Monday’s clearance Hong Kong leader CY Leung declared an end to the “illegal occupation activities”.

The protesters have been campaigning for fully free elections to be held in the city, something Beijing has ruled out.

‘Awakened’

Activists were given a warning to vacate the Causeway Bay site before police set up a cordon around the area and began removing tents and protest materials.

Police have been clearing the three main protests sites and arresting those that resist
Barricades and belongings left behind by protesters were dumped in a truck and hauled away

A small group refused to leave and police arrested a handful of people. Protesters vowed this was not the end of their movement.

“It feels a bit depressed and hopeless, but at the same time this is just the beginning, it’s not the end…. We still haven’t got what we wanted….. It’s awakened the Hong Kong people,” said 18-year-old Otto Ng.

By about midday traffic was once again flowing on the road previously blocked by protesters,

Afterwards CY Leung declared the protest movement was over.

“Following the completion of clearance work in Causeway Bay Occupy area, the episode of illegal occupation activities for more than two months is over,” he told reporters.

The Chinese and Hong Kong governments have maintained that the blocking of roads by protesters constitutes an illegal gathering.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30474687

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