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Hong Kong pro-democracy camp cleared but protesters remain defiant

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By Euronews
Hong Kong pro-democracy camp cleared but protesters remain defiant

<p>Hong Kong student leader Alex Chow shed a tear as police cleared the main site of the so-called umbrella protest in the Admiralty district.</p> <p>Chow said the fight was not over as he was led away by police. </p> <p>This area of the Chinese-controlled city is getting back to normal after more than two months of protests choked its streets.</p> <p>Demonstrators want freedom to choose their next leader. But China insists only pre-screened candidates can stand for election.</p> <p>Ngai Tsui-kuen, who works as a courier, seemed happier that travelling around the city is easier but, she said, “I also feel very unfortunate that we can’t argue with the government.”</p> <p>But one kilometre up the road under the Central Government Offices protesters remained defiant. </p> <p>One man calling himself “Mr. Happy Hour” said he had been there for 76 days.</p> <p>“I think they will not move us because this area is for the people to tell something to the <br /> government. So I think they do not move us, not like the street,” he said.</p> <p>As protesters here remain peaceful but unbowed this camp could become the new focal point for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.</p> <p>The protests drew well over 100,000 at their peak as students vented their anger at Beijing’s refusal to budge on electoral reforms.</p> <p>The mainly peaceful protests have represented one of the most serious challenges to China’s authority since the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations and bloody crackdown in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.</p>