Hong Kong Politics & Protest

Tents cleared from Tim Mei Village, Occupy’s last stand

Almost nine months after protesters occupied Admiralty roads to call for democracy in Hong Kong, the final tents have disappeared from around the Legislative Council.

On the morning of 24 June, Lands Department officers cleared away the remnants of Tim Mei Village, which for half a year has stood as the last holdout of 2014’s Occupy movement.

Officers gave the remaining protesters an hour to leave before clearing away their possessions, confiscating any items left behind and removing unusable goods from around the area. Fewer than a dozen protesters were present at the time.

Most residents of Tim Mei Village had already left the area voluntarily, and those who remained offered no resistance. Two heavy-duty trucks were present to aid the clearout, as well as both uniformed and plainclothes police.

According to a local media report, one protester on the scene said she was glad since the result from last week’s vote was what everyone had hoped for. However, she also expressed hope that the government would restart the reform process to achieve genuine universal suffrage.

After the main protest site on Harcourt Road and Connaught Road Central was cleared in mid-December 2014, the cluster of tents on Tim Mei Avenue clung tenaciously to the pavement outside LegCo offices for months.

Earlier this month it was reported that as many as 200 tents were pitched in the area.

Tents cleared from Tim Mei Village, Occupy's last stand