Thursday deadline for Hong Kong protesters to evacuate occupied site

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By Euronews
Thursday deadline for Hong Kong protesters to evacuate occupied site

<p>Will they stay or will they go?</p> <p>A clearance order could mark the beginning of the end of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests that have choked the financial city for over two months. </p> <p>Posted at the main occupation site in the Admiralty district, it follows an injunction obtained by a local bus company.</p> <p>Demonstrators are being warned to pack up and get out by 9am on Thursday morning.</p> <p>On Tuesday, as the notice was displayed by bailiffs at the site – home to government offices and next to the main Central business district – there was an air of resignation.</p> <p>“Maybe the movement has dragged on too long,” said social worker Esther Yau.</p> <p>“As a normal citizen, I am thinking: ‘What more can we do? Should we stay here forever?’ If we want to move forward, we need to stop for a while and change strategy.”</p> <p>“If you ask what concrete results we have achieved, I would say ‘zero’. We can see that both the Hong Kong government and the Chinese central government have made no concessions,” said transport worker Carlos Cheung. </p> <p>“The students have lowered their demands since the start of the movement. The students who have been on hunger strike are only asking for a meeting but even that demand is rejected.”</p> <p>At their peak, the rallies drew more than 100,000 people, but their number has dwindled and now there are only dozens left.</p> <p>Protesters have been calling for free elections for Hong Kong’s next leader in 2017 rather than the vote between pre-screened candidates that Beijing has said it will allow.</p>