HK police close last protest site

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Published: Monday 15th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Hong Kong police have given protesters 30 minutes to clear out of the third and final pro-democracy protest camp, putting an end to demonstrations that have blocked traffic in the city’s streets for two-and-a-half months.

Police told the protesters to leave “immediately” from the short stretch of road in Causeway Bay.

This past week authorities shut down the protesters’ main camp near the heart of the city’s financial district and arrested 249 people who refused to leave for unlawful assembly.

The student-led protesters rejected Beijing’s plan to screen all candidates in the first-ever elections for Hong Kong’s top leader, but failed to win significant concessions from the government.

But many say the protest movement sparked a wider political awakening among the city’s residents, especially the young.

Published: Monday 15th December 2014 by The News Editor

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