Hong Kong police arrest protesters, dismantle main rally site

Workers sweep a road after police cleared the main pro-democracy protest site in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong on December 11, 2014Hong Kong police dismantled the city’s main pro-democracy protest site Thursday, clearing tents and barricades after more than two months of rallies and arresting more than 200 demonstrators, who vowed their struggle lives on. As police cleared the last handful of protesters late Thursday, parts of the site reopened to traffic for the first time since September. Those making a last stand were the remnants of what once numbered tens of thousands of people at the height of the protest movement, before public support waned. The call for free leadership elections has underpinned the demonstrations, and protesters have vowed the clearance operation will not end a campaign they say has redefined the city’s vexed relationship with Beijing.

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