Hong Kong police dismantle last protest site

Hong Kong police dismantle last protest site

Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:41AM GMT

Police in Hong Kong have begun to clear a last remaining protest site, putting an end to more than two months of demonstrations against an election law in the special administrative region of China.

Officers began to pull down barricades and fold up tents at the last site in the city’s busy shopping district of Causeway Bay on Monday.

A handful of protest leaders remained at the site chanting “We will be back” and calling on the city’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, to resign, despite demands by police to “immediately” leave the area.

The final move came just days after police shut down the demonstrators’ main camp in the Admiralty district on December 11. At the time, officers arrested 249 protesters who refused to leave the site. In addition, another major protest site in the commercial district of Mongkok, where some of the most violent clashes occurred, was also dismantled.

Student leaders and activists, however, have pledged to continue their protests, calling on the government to listen to their demands for political reform.

Since late September, the Admiralty campsite had been the center of protests against an election law introduced by the Chinese government under which the people of Hong Kong will have to elect their next leader from a list of Beijing-vetted candidates in 2017.

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. The financial hub has enjoyed substantial political autonomy since 1997, when it returned to China after about a century of British colonial rule.

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