Hong Kong Police Remove Last Remaining Protest Camps

June 24, 2015

NewsStandOnline.Net (24-June-2015): Police in Hong Kong have cleared what remained of the pro-democracy tent city outside the city’s legislature. Protesters had camped there since last September, demanding democratic electoral reform.

Police had cleared away most of the sites in mid-December but a small cluster of tents and hardcore protesters were allowed to remain on pavements until today, marking 270 straight days of demonstrations at the same site.

Hong Kong Police Remove Last Of The Protest Camps

“The deadline has expired. I now announce that officers… will… remove the persons, tents, marquees and other properties,” an official announced over a loudspeaker. Beijing had always said the camps were “illegal.”

Some protesters watched police clear away their tents and possessions. Two men were led away by what appeared to be plain clothes police officers, but there was little resistance otherwise.

The so-called “Occupy Central” movement, which also became known as the “umbrella revolution” because of the yellow umbrellas protesters carried, started last September. But it failed to persuade China to allow a fully democratic vote for the city’s next leader in 2017.

“The next step for us is to really move into the districts to try to re-awaken the moderate democrats … and to never stop fighting for democracy.  Hong Kong deserves better,” said Benny Mok, who had camped at the site for more than 250 nights.