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HKFP Lens: ‘We’ll be back’ – The clearance of the Occupy Admiralty camp, Part 2 of 2

Click here for part one. During the Occupy Admiralty clearance, there was little attempt by protesters to resist or hinder the police operation.

Some students continued working at the study centre until the last moment.

Others distributed rights information.

Police and clean-up crews worked to quickly remove tents and debris from the site.

First aid volunteers remained on standby.

Much of the “umbrella art” was safely archived by groups such as the Umbrella Movement Visual Archives & Research Collective.

Earlier in the day, several high profile figures such as Wong Yeung-Tat of Civic Passion and League of Social Democrats vice chairman Raphael Wong were arrested at or near their homes for ‘unlawful assembly’.

Student leaders admitted that the government had not budged with regards to their demands for the constitutional reform process to be restarted.

The study centre was quickly dismantled by tactical police.

Shortly after nightfall, a group of up to 200 protesters re-emerged on Cotton Tree Drive chanting “we want universal suffrage.”

The group left after police warnings to disperse.

During the operation, 209 people were arrested.

Traffic was restored in both directions before midnight.

HKFP Writer

Tom Grundy

Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. His writing and photography have been featured in Quartz, Global Post, Huffington Post, Time Out, Vocativ, New Internationalist, Ming Pao and others. He has also contributed to BBC World TV, BBC Radio, Democracy Now, CTV, Russia Today, RTHK Radio, Sky News and Channel News Asia.

HKFP Lens: 'We'll be back' - The clearance of the Occupy Admiralty camp, Part 2 of 2