Hong Kong police have arrested legislators, student leaders, a pop singer and a media tycoon in a final push to remove the “umbrella movement” from the center of the city after 10 weeks of pro-democracy protests.
The clearance of the main occupation zone in the Admiralty district closes a chapter for a movement that galvanized the region, drawing tens of thousands to the streets at its height. But even as police moved in on Thursday, the overall message was of peaceful defiance, with participants vowing “We will be back,” and pledging to develop new tactics.
Despite warnings from the city’s chief executive before the clearance operation that radicals could mount “furious resistance,” about 100 protesters waited patiently to be detained on charges of unlawful assembly. As police moved in, some chanted: “We want real universal suffrage.”
Groups of officers carried away several protesters by their arms and legs and there was applause for an older activist as he was pushed away in a wheelchair by police.
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