A court in Hong Kong has ordered the final members of the Occupy protest movement to leave the area in the heart of the city’s financial district where they have been camped since October. The deadline for them to go is 27 August.
They pitched tents in an alleyway on the ground floor of the HSBC building, which the bank argued it owned. At its height hundreds of people were living there though now there are fewer than a dozen.
They remain defiant. “The plan hasn’t changed. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of security guards and police. We’ll be here waiting for them,” said Ian Nin, one of the core protesters.
The Hong Kong camp is one of the longest running in the Occupy anti-capitalist protest movement.
Similar camps sprung up worldwide following the success of its originator, Occupy Wall Street, which emerged in America in the wake of the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008 that triggered the financial crisis.