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Hong Kong protest site clearance begins

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By Euronews
Hong Kong protest site clearance begins

<p>Authorities in Hong Kong began clearing the main protest site there on Thursday morning, warning that pro-democracy activists who fail to disperse will be arrested.</p> <p>They were largely met with resignation but there was also defiance from students whose street demonstrations have choked parts of the Chinese-controlled city for more than two months.</p> <p>Many packed up belongings from inside their tents at the Admiralty district next to government buildings and the Central business area.</p> <p>With pockets of resistance remaining among those demanding free elections, hundreds of police stood by as workers removed barricades, following a court injunction.</p> <p>Tens of thousands of activists had taken part in these protests but the number has declined sharply – many wondering what if anything has been gained.</p>